North East Bedfordshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 34891 (59.5%)
Labour: 9247 (15.8%)
Lib Dem: 3418 (5.8%)
Green: 2537 (4.3%)
UKIP: 8579 (14.6%)
MAJORITY: 25644 (43.7%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Bedfordshire.

Main population centres:



Current MP
ALISTAIR BURT (Conservative) Born 1955, Bury. Educated at Bury Grammar and Oxford University. Former solicitor. Haringey councillor 1982-1984. MP for Bury North 1983-1997. First elected as MP for North East Bedfordshire in 2001. PPS to Kenneth Baker 1985-1990, junior social security minister 1990-1995, minister of state for social security 1995-1997. PPS to Iain Duncan Smith 2001-2003, PPS to Michael Howard 2003-2005. Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party 2008-2010. Under-secretary of state at the foreign office 2010-2013. Minister of State for Health since 2015.
Past Results
Con: 30989 (56%)
Lab: 8957 (16%)
LDem: 12047 (22%)
UKIP: 2294 (4%)
Oth: 1265 (2%)
MAJ: 18942 (34%)
Con: 24725 (50%)
Lab: 12474 (25%)
LDem: 10320 (21%)
UKIP: 1986 (4%)
MAJ: 12251 (25%)
Con: 22586 (50%)
Lab: 14009 (31%)
LDem: 7409 (16%)
UKIP: 1242 (3%)
MAJ: 8577 (19%)
Con: 22311 (44%)
Lab: 16428 (33%)
LDem: 7179 (14%)
Oth: 1980 (4%)
MAJ: 5883 (12%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
ALISTAIR BURT (Conservative) See above.
PETER MORRIS (Liberal Democrat)
MARK BOWLER (Green) Born 1980, Bedfordshire. Educated at Bydales Secondary and Coventry University. Business consultant and musician.
Comments - 27 Responses on “Bedfordshire North East”
  1. Alistair Burt has gone from being the MP for a Northern marginal seat to being the MP for an exceedingly safe Conservative seat in Middle England. I wonder how he got this seat?

  2. Erm…he applied for it and got selected?

  3. By being a quietly impressive politician. He reminds me of John Major a bit.

  4. Despite lurching the Tory party to the right from 1997-2001, the Hague leadership was quite accommodating to wet retreads who had lost in 97….Burt and Jacqui Lait are both good examples.

  5. To a certain extent Greg Knight as well, who is certainly much less right wing than his predecessor John Townsend.

  6. Charles Hendry also got back in Wealden. There are other examples as well.

  7. Actually one of the first things Greg Knight did on being elected in E Yorkshire was to agree with his predecessor’s highly tendentious remarks on racial issues.

  8. CON HOLD MAJ : 26%
    CON 48
    LAB 22
    LD 15
    UKIP 11
    GRN 4

  9. Conservative Hold. 17,000 maj.

  10. My word what a big increase in the majority here.

  11. Burt is definitely one of the more likeable MPs on the Conservative benches – but given that most sitting Tory MPs in safe seats like this now nearly all have majorities exceeding 20,000, this result hardly stands out

  12. Burt polled more than 20,000 votes in Bury North in 1997 which was a creditable achievement in the circumstances.

  13. It was. He was a very good constituency MP in Bury North was Burt, having increased his majority to an impressive level in 1987 and if his results here are anything to go by, I would suggest he has been as active locally in North East Bedfordshire since he was first elected 14 years ago.

  14. IPSA has stated that:

    139 MPs still employ family members.

    On average they pay them £6k pa more than MPs who employ non-relatives.

    125 aides who received £925,000 in redundancy payments after last year’s General Election were working again in the same job within 10 weeks.

    Burt’s wife of course led the fight for relatives to still be able to work for their Members when IPSA recommended the abolition of the practice in 2010.

  15. Alistair Burt resigned as Health Minister today.

  16. Surely he can’t have wilted under pressure from the forensic scrutiny of Diane Abbott?

    In all seriousness, I’m assuming this is linked to ongoing industrial action from junior doctors, right?

  17. He was a junior minister under Major and again for most of the coalition so he’s had a good run. With no real prospect of promotion I expect he just can’t be bothered to deal with everything that comes with being a (Tory) health minister any more.

  18. Alastair Burt has rebelled against the government so will presumably be resigning/sacked.

  19. Alistair Burt has offered to return to his old job if the government will have him.

  20. They should bite his hand off. Skilled diplomats are in very short supply in the house today. The rampant disloyalty of numerous people still in government renders his resignation unnecessary.

  21. Who knows – lots of rumors that May does want him back but does she want to risk even more Tories turning against her.

  22. Burt is very much a one nation, pragmatic, pro-EU MP in a party that is increasingly reactionary, ideological and supports a no deal Brexit

    Can’t be too long until he concludes and many pother like him who are still in the Tory Party (and there’s more than you might think) there’s no room for normal people like him in today’s Tory Party and jumps from what looks like a sinking ship

  23. Well let’s put ideology to one side for a minute, minister for the Middle East is a crucially important role that requires old fashioned diplomatic skill, especially given that the current foreign secretary and the last one are both dolts who are only interested in furthering their leadership ambitions. That the government is leaving such a role unfilled is unforgivably negligent. It’s not like we need to don’t have to keep an eye on the Saudis or anything.

  24. Alastair Burt was not reappointed Middle East Minster – the role instead went to Andrew Murrison.

  25. ‘the role instead went to Andrew Murrison.’

    Another eccentric hardline, Liam Fox-backing, right-wing Brexiteer – who I imagine would have voted against May in her no confidence

    Well done May

  26. Richard Fuller, formerly the MP for Bedford from 2010-17, is selected here. Pledging to do everything he can to stop the barbaric treatment of refugees at Yarls Wood International Detention Centre, which is located in the constituency.

  27. Ah Richard Fuller, the self described moderate and one-time member of the Tory Reform Group yet staunch Brexiteer who had a voting record to the Right of Christopher Chope

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