Mid Bedfordshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 32544 (56.1%)
Labour: 9217 (15.9%)
Lib Dem: 4193 (7.2%)
Green: 2462 (4.2%)
UKIP: 8966 (15.4%)
Loony: 294 (0.5%)
Independent: 384 (0.7%)
MAJORITY: 23327 (40.2%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Bedfordshire. Part of Central Bedfordshire council area and part of Bedford council area.

Main population centres: Ampthill, Barton-le-Clay, Flitwick, Shefford, Woburn, Harlington.

Profile: Consists of the rural part of Bedfordshire between Bedford and Luton. Settlements are affluent market towns and villages, the best known probably being Woburn, site of the Abbey and Safari Park.

Politics: A solidly Conservative seat, held by the Tories since 1931. The biggest threat to Conservative dominance here is probably the Member of Parliament herself - openly hostile to the party leadership and briefly suspended from the party in 2012 for appearing on a celebrity reality TV show when Parliament was sitting.


Current MP
NADINE DORRIES (Conservative) Born 1957, Liverpool. Educated at Halewood Grange Comprehensive. Former director of a childcare company. Contested Hazel Grove 2005. First elected as MP for Mid Bedfordshire in 2010. An outspoken MP, derided as "mad Nad" by her critics. Dorries has consistently campaigned for tighter restrictions on abortion and has been a vocal critic of the party leadership. In 2012 the Conservative party whip was suspended after she appeared on I`m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Past Results
2010
Con: 28815 (52%)
Lab: 8108 (15%)
LDem: 13663 (25%)
UKIP: 2826 (5%)
Oth: 1485 (3%)
MAJ: 15152 (28%)
2005*
Con: 23345 (46%)
Lab: 11351 (23%)
LDem: 11990 (24%)
UKIP: 1372 (3%)
Oth: 2362 (5%)
MAJ: 11355 (23%)
2001
Con: 22109 (47%)
Lab: 14043 (30%)
LDem: 9205 (20%)
UKIP: 1281 (3%)
MAJ: 8066 (17%)
1997
Con: 24176 (46%)
Lab: 17086 (33%)
LDem: 8823 (17%)
Oth: 174 (0%)
MAJ: 7090 (14%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
NADINE DORRIES (Conservative) See above.
CHARLYNNE PULLEN (Labour)
LINDA JACK (Liberal Democrat) Contested Luton North 2005, Mid Bedfordshire 2010, Bedfordshire Police Commissioner 2012.
NIGEL WICKENS (UKIP) Born Swansea. Businessman. Contested East Midlands region 2014 European election.
GARETH ELLIS (Green)
TIM IRELAND (Independent) Born 1970, Australia. Online marketing consultant.
ANN KELLY (Loony)
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Comments - 123 Responses on “Bedfordshire Mid”
  1. No- insults are ok if they don’t victimise a group of people. The two don’t even compare.

  2. TRISTAN – I think the fact that you mention my being on the left in this context is very telling about the whole “virtue signaling” thing. Whrn you know you are exposed over something, that’s when the “virtue signalling” comes out. It’s like a sulky schoolboy pulling faces at who he sees as the class swat.

  3. Sadwanks is ok but virtue signalling isn’t? What a pathetic life you lead.

  4. “Sadwanks is ok but virtue signalling isn’t?”

    Yep. Pretty much

  5. Oh, Nadine Dorries really has outdone herself on Peston today. Apparently, all remain voters want “an overthrow of the current system and its replacement by a Marxist government”.

    Good news for the Communist Party of Great Britain, who will surely be flooded with membership applications from the 48% of people in this country who apparently agree with their principles. I’m about to fill in the form myself, but I’m just getting rid of all my ill-gotten bourgeois possessions first.

  6. Although, confusingly, the CPGB I think were pro-leave…

  7. Interesting to read above that “Nadine Dorries has really outdone herself today”.

    She has now – as an ardent Leave supporter- complained that the terms of the UK leaving include our ceasing to elect Euro MPs, and having no EU Commissioner. Unbelievable…

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nadie-dorries-slams-brexit-deal-leave-remain-jk-rowling-a8639216.html

  8. ‘She has now – as an ardent Leave supporter- complained that the terms of the UK leaving include our ceasing to elect Euro MPs, and having no EU Commissioner. Unbelievable’

    It’s perfectly believable – and people such as Dorries and Jenkins do great discredit to the Tory Party as they present the image of a bunch of extremist simpletons who are unable to grasp the most simple of political narratives

  9. Dorries is so ludicrous that she is just comical rather than offensive. Still, she’s got a bombproof seat here for as long as she wants it, so get ready for many more years of incoherent ramblings and faux outrage.

  10. Clearly some hard leavers would prefer Remain to May’s deal, and such comments may be interpreted as preparing the ground for such a volte face.

    UKIP will not be happy to be losing all their MEPs and party funding for the sake of a vassal state soft Brexit.

  11. Nadine Dories is stating that 46 letters are in

  12. I will take that figure with an enormous pinch of salt until a more reliable source is found.

  13. She’s spouting bollocks, as per. 46 letters my arse.

  14. Nadine Dories is stating that 46 letters are in’

    She’s either lying or, more likely, has got it wrong, yet again

  15. I think it’s significant that some on the Tory right – including ‘ERG’ members – are not supporting Mogg’s call for a no-confidence motion.

    If they’re struggling for 15% support for a vote, it seems highly unlikely that they’d get 50% to vote with them. And an unsuccessful ‘coup’ attempt would be likely to strengthen May – she would at least be safe for 12 months.

  16. Nadine Dorries has been made a Health minister.

  17. Scary! She’s batshit mad.

  18. Tbf she did train as a nurse, so it’s in fact one of the only things she is qualified to do.

    After all, Frank Dobson was Sec of State!

  19. Had no idea Dorries trained as a nurse. I thought she had been an author for most of her career. Fair enough…one of the few Cabinet/ ministerial appointments which actual knowledge of the area they have been promoted to. She’s still terrifying.

  20. Yes, I think she ‘married money’ after that as I vaguely remember her name on a list of North West PPCs when she was Nadine Bargery (her maiden name).

    I think she was a religious Conservative in Liverpool (but RC unusually for there), then a nurse as well as doing aid work in Africa for a year.

    I don’t think she was that successful as an author, although she sold 100k in e-versions of her story about life in Liverpool. I have seen the paperback in Waterstones in Liverpool under the Liverpool/local authors’ section.

  21. Dorries has a long and distinguished career as a nurse, in the private sector naturally

    I remember the controversy when she introduced her private members bill to limit the time for which women could have abortions, as one of the private health companies she worked for used to carry out terminations themselves

    Sadly whilst her experience of working in the health sector has made her considerably richer, it quite clearly hasn’t made her any nicer

  22. AFAIK she was only a nurse for 3 years, 2 of which were in the NHS and she volunteered abroad, so not sure where that came from.

    Unless she’s gone back recently.

    She’s made money – other than from marrying – from media appearances and writing.

  23. First case of coronavirus in an MP apparently

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