South West Bedfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°57′29″N 0°29′28″W / 51.958°N 0.491°W / 51.958; -0.491

South West Bedfordshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South West Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire
Outline map
Location of Bedfordshire within England
CountyBedfordshire
Electorate79,137 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsDunstable, Leighton Buzzard
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentAndrew Selous (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSouth Bedfordshire

South West Bedfordshire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament.[n 1] As with all constituencies of the UK Parliament, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The serving Member since 2001 is Conservative Andrew Selous, who succeeded Conservative David Madel. Selous has been re-elected five times: in 2005, 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Constituency profile[edit]

At the 2011 Census, the population of the constituency was 102,031, of whom 50,277 were male, and 51,754 were female.[2] 74.30% of residents aged 16–74 are economically active, including 4.22% unemployed. A further 13.27% of the population are retired (lower than both the regional average of 14.4% and national average of 13.7%), and 3.75% are students.[3] A statistical compilation by The Guardian showed unemployment benefits claimants in the constituency for April 2013 were 3.3% of the population, lower than the regional average of 3.6%.[4]

Turnout at the 2015 general election was 51,304, or 64.4% of those eligible to vote; lower than the national turnout of 66.4%.[5] This rose at the time of the 2017 general election to 55,635, or 69.8% of those eligible to vote, which was a percentage point higher than the national turnout of 68.8%.[6]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983, mostly from the former seat of South Bedfordshire. It was represented by Sir David Madel, a Conservative, from its creation until his retirement in 2001; he almost suffered one of the biggest upsets of the 1997 general election, when the Labour candidate spectacularly slashed his majority from 21,273 in 1992 to just 132.

The present Conservative MP for the seat is Andrew Selous; he won the seat in 2001, when he managed to increase the party's majority, but only just: this increased somewhat more substantially each time in 2005 and 2010, ultimately to more than 16,000. The 2010 election also saw the second-placed candidate's party change, to the Liberal Democrats, similar to the results of 1983 and 1987, when this was the joint platform for R. Byfield and J.R. Burrow respectively, the (SDP-Liberal Alliance).

Boundaries[edit]

Map of current boundaries

1983–1997: The District of South Bedfordshire wards of Beaudesert, Brooklands, Dunstable Central, Eaton Bray, Heath and Reach, Hockliffe, Houghton Central, Houghton East, Houghton South, Icknield, Kensworth, Linslade, Northfields, Plantation, Priory, Southcott, Stanbridge, Studham, Totternhoe, and Watling, and the District of Mid Bedfordshire wards of Aspley, Cranfield, Marston, and Woburn.[7]

New County Constituency formed largely from the bulk of the abolished County Constituency of South Bedfordshire, including Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.  Also included south-western part of Mid Bedfordshire.

1997–2010: The District of South Bedfordshire wards of Beaudesert, Brooklands, Dunstable Central, Eaton Bray, Heath and Reach, Hockliffe, Houghton Central, Houghton East, Houghton South, Icknield, Kensworth, Linslade, Northfields, Plantation, Priory, Southcott, Stanbridge, Studham, Totternhoe, and Watling.[8]

Northern parts transferred back to Mid Bedfordshire.

2010–present: Central Bedfordshire unitary authority wards of All Saints, Chiltern, Dunstable Central, Eaton Bray, Grovebury, Heath and Reach, Houghton Hall, Icknield, Kensworth and Totternhoe, Linslade, Manshead, Northfields, Parkside, Planets, Plantation, Southcott, Stanbridge, Tithe Farm, and Watling.[9]

Local authority wards revised, but no changes to boundaries.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[10] Party
1983 Sir David Madel Conservative
2001 Andrew Selous Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: South West Bedfordshire[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 32,212 60.4 +1.2
Labour Callum Anderson 13,629 25.6 -8.2
Liberal Democrats Emma Matanle 5,435 10.2 +5.5
Green Andrew Waters 2,031 3.8 +2.1
Majority 18,583 34.9 +9.4
Turnout 53,307 66.7 -3.1
Conservative hold Swing +4.7
General election 2017: South West Bedfordshire[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 32,961 59.2 +4.2
Labour Daniel Scott 18,793 33.8 +13.5
Liberal Democrats Daniel Norton 2,630 4.7 -0.5
Green Morvern Rennie 950 1.7 -2.4
CPA Morenike Mafoh 301 0.5 New
Majority 14,168 25.4 -9.3
Turnout 55,635 69.8 +5.4
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2015: South West Bedfordshire[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous[15] 28,212 55.0 +2.2
Labour Daniel Scott [15] 10,399 20.3 +0.7
UKIP John van Weenen [16] 7,941 15.5 +11.3
Liberal Democrats Stephen Rutherford [17] 2,646 5.2 −14.8
Green Emily Lawrence [18] 2,106 4.1 New
Majority 17,813 34.7 +1.9
Turnout 51,304 64.4 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: South West Bedfordshire[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 26,815 52.8 +4.5
Liberal Democrats Rod Cantrill 10,166 20.0 +3.2
Labour Jenny Bone 9,948 19.6 −10.6
UKIP Martin Newman 2,142 4.2 0.0
BNP Mark Tolman 1,703 3.4 New
Majority 16,649 32.8 +14.7
Turnout 50,774 66.3 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: South West Bedfordshire[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 22,114 48.3 +6.2
Labour Joyce Still 13,837 30.2 −10.2
Liberal Democrats Andrew Strange 7,723 16.9 +2.1
UKIP Tom Wise 1,923 4.2 +1.5
Open-Forum Kenson Gurney 217 0.5 New
Majority 8,277 18.1 +16.4
Turnout 45,814 61.8 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2001: South West Bedfordshire[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 18,477 42.1 +1.4
Labour Andrew Date 17,701 40.4 −0.1
Liberal Democrats Martin Pantling 6,473 14.8 +0.5
UKIP Tom Wise 1,203 2.7 +1.9
Majority 776 1.7 +1.5
Turnout 43,854 62.1 −13.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: South West Bedfordshire[23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 21,534 40.7 −15.5
Labour Andrew Date 21,402 40.5 +14.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen Owen 7,559 14.3 −2.3
Referendum Rosalind Hill 1,761 3.3 New
UKIP Tom Wise 446 0.8 New
Natural Law Alexander Le Carpentier 162 0.3 −0.1
Majority 132 0.2 -32.2
Turnout 52,864 75.8 -6.1
Conservative hold Swing −16.1
General election 1992: Bedfordshire South West[25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 37,498 57.1 −1.1
Labour Barry Elliott 16,225 24.7 +6.4
Liberal Democrats Mark Freeman 10,988 16.7 −5.6
Green Peter Rollings 689 1.0 −0.3
Natural Law John Gilmour 239 0.4 New
Majority 21,273 32.4 −3.5
Turnout 65,639 81.9 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing −3.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: South West Bedfordshire[27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 36,140 58.2 +3.2
SDP John Burrow 13,835 22.3 −5.5
Labour Paul Dimoldenberg 11,352 18.3 +1.1
Green Peter Rollings 822 1.3 New
Majority 22,305 35.9 +8.7
Turnout 62,149 78.7 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing
General election 1983: South West Bedfordshire[29][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 31,767 55.0
SDP Richard Byfield 16,036 27.8
Labour William Cochrane 9,899 17.2
Majority 15,731 27.2
Turnout 57,702 75.6
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ South West Bedfordshire is a county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer).

References[edit]

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