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Bedford

2010 Results:
Conservative: 17546 (38.9%)
Labour: 16193 (35.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 8957 (19.86%)
BNP: 757 (1.68%)
UKIP: 1136 (2.52%)
Green: 393 (0.87%)
Independent: 120 (0.27%)
Majority: 1353 (3%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 17696 (41.7%)
Conservative: 14220 (33.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 9244 (21.8%)
Other: 1314 (3.1%)
Majority: 3476 (8.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 14174 (33.7%)
Labour: 17557 (41.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 9063 (21.5%)
UKIP: 995 (2.4%)
Other: 283 (0.7%)
Majority: 3383 (8%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 13297 (32.8%)
Labour: 19454 (47.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 6425 (15.8%)
UKIP: 430 (1.1%)
Other: 973 (2.4%)
Majority: 6157 (15.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 16474 (33.7%)
Labour: 24774 (50.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 6044 (12.3%)
Referendum: 1503 (3.1%)
Other: 149 (0.3%)
Majority: 8300 (17%)

Boundary changes: Very minor – Bedford gains small parts of Goldington ward and Kingsbrook from Bedfordshire North East and a handful of voters in Kempston South.

Profile: A diverse town, Bedford has a large population of Italian descent and also has a large Asian population. The constituency is drawn tightly around Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston. Bedford Hospital is threatened with being downgraded as part of NHS re-organisation in the area and its future is an important local issue.

portraitCurrent MP: Richard Fuller (Conservative) Born Bedford. Educated at Bedford Modern and Oxford University. Has worked as a venture capitalist and management consultant. Contested Bedford 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitRichard Fuller (Conservative) Born Bedford. Educated at Bedford Modern and Oxford University. Has worked as a venture capitalist and management consultant. Contested Bedford 2005.
portraitPatrick Hall (Labour) born 1951. Educated at Bedford Modern School and the University of Birmingham. Worked as a planning officer for Bedford council prior to his election (more information at They work for you)
portraitHenry Vann (Liberal Democrat) Born Bedford. Works for the professional association of musicians.
portraitBen Foley (Green) Born 1966. Educated at Newcastle, York and Cardiff Universities. Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University. Contested Mid Bedfordshire, 2005.
portraitMark Adkin (UKIP)
portraitWilliam Dewick (BNP)
portraitSamrat Bhandari (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 98424
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 23.7%
Over 60: 18.7%
Born outside UK: 15.5%
White: 82.1%
Black: 3.6%
Asian: 10.9%
Mixed: 2.5%
Other: 0.9%
Christian: 64.8%
Hindu: 2.4%
Muslim: 4.7%
Sikh: 2.5%
Full time students: 5.5%
Graduates 16-74: 20.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.3%
Owner-Occupied: 67.4%
Social Housing: 19.2% (Council: 1.8%, Housing Ass.: 17.4%)
Privately Rented: 10.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.8%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.