2019 Bedford Borough Council election
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All 40 seats to Bedford Borough Council
21 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
LD
Con
Lab
Leader Wendy Rider Stephen Moon Sue Oliver
Party Liberal Democrats Conservative Labour
Leader's seat Brickhill Great Barford Kempston North
Last election 9 seats, 19.4% 15 seats, 39.7% 14 seats, 27.5%
Seats won 15 11 11
Seat change Increase6 Decrease4 Decrease3
Popular vote 22,326 23,010 20,325
Percentage 30.3% 31.3% 27.6%
Swing Increase10.9% Decrease 8.4% Decrease 0.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Grn
Ind
Leader none Pat Olney
Party Green Independent
Leader's seat N/A Oakley
(did not re-stand)
Last election 0 seats, 5.5% 2 seats, 1.8%
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Increase2 Decrease1
Popular vote 4,716 2,691
Percentage 6.4% 3.7%
Swing Increase 0.9% Increase 1.9%

Bedford 2019 ward results.svg
Map showing the winner in each ward for the 2019 Bedford Borough Council election

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control (Lib Dem - Lab - Ind Coalition)

The 2019 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in England.

Bedford Borough Council has been under no overall control since 2010. The Conservatives defended fifteen seats, Labour defended fourteen, the Liberal Democrats defended nine and independent councillors defended two seats. Bedford is run by the directly elected Mayor of Bedford, who has been Liberal Democrat Dave Hodgson since 2009.

Background

Bedford Borough Council held local elections on 2 May 2019 along with councils across England as part of the 2019 local elections. The council elects its members in all-out elections, with all its councillors up for election every four years.[1][2] Councillors defending their seats in this election were previously elected in 2015. In that election, fifteen Conservative councillors, fourteen Labour councillors, nine Labour councillors and two independent councillors were elected.

The same day Dave Hodgson (Liberal Democrat) was re-elected mayor in the 2019 Bedford Mayoral election.

Overall results

Bedford Local Elections Result 2019
Party Seats Gains Losses Net Gain/Loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/-
Liberal Democrat 15 6 0 +6 37.5 30.3 22,326 +10.9
Conservative 11 0 4 -4 27.5 31.3 23,010 -8.4
Labour 11 1 4 -3 27.5 27.6 20,325 -0.1
Green 2 2 0 +2 5 6.4 4,716 +0.9
Independent 1 0 1 -1 2.5 3.7 2,691 +1.9
UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 394 -4.5
Renew 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 161 New

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

15 14 9 2
Conservative Labour Liberal
Democrats
Ind

After the election the composition of the council was:

15 11 11 2 1
Liberal Democrat Labour Conservative Green Ind

Ward results

Incumbent councillors are marked with an asterisk (*).[3]

Brickhill

Brickhill (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Wendy Rider* 1,756 61.5 +21.1
Liberal Democrats Charles Royden* 1,756 61.5 +16.0
Conservative Nigel Haughton 524 18.4 -8.0
Conservative Matt Stanbra 404 14.2 -4.9
Labour Cathrine Ward 317 11.1 -5.5
Labour Sudesh Rani 291 10.2 -6.0
Green Tim Retout 253 8.9 +0.7
Majority
Turnout 43.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Bromham and Biddenham

Bromham and Biddenham (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Rigby* 1,607 64.2 -8.4
Conservative Jon Gambold* 1,565 62.5 -1.1
Liberal Democrats Samuel Matthews 450 18.0 +11.0
Liberal Democrats Stelios Mores 386 15.4 +3.8
Labour Gordon Charlton 307 12.3 -5.8
Labour Ollie Charlton 288 11.5 -5.5
Majority
Turnout 43.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Castle

Castle (2 seats) [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Lucy Bywater 957 45.0 +29.2
Green Ben Foley 732 34.4 +22.9
Labour Luigi Reale* 690 32.4 +7.3
Labour Louise Whatham 507 23.8 +3.3
Conservative Karen Boyes 416 19.6 -9.1
Conservative Robert Rigby 340 16.0 -6.7
Liberal Democrats Lorna Marchant 145 6.8 +1.5
Liberal Democrats Pat Wood 91 4.3 +0.2
Majority 42
Turnout 33.5 -26.5
Green gain from Conservative Swing
Green gain from Labour Swing

Cauldwell

Cauldwell (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abu Sultan 1,033 50.2 +0.3
Labour Fouzia Zamir 970 47.1 +3.0
Conservative Mohammed Islam 527 25.6 +8.9
Liberal Democrats Jacob Bale 342 16.6 +10.5
Liberal Democrats Joy Winder 294 14.3 +10.0
Green Kim Haskins 284 13.8 +7.3
Majority
Turnout 29.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Clapham

Clapham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Walker* 723 63.6 +14.1
Labour Lynne Wady 175 15.4 -6.8
Renew Eric Cooper 161 14.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Stephen Rutherford 77 6.8 +2.1
Majority
Turnout 33.8
Conservative hold Swing

De Parys

De Parys (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Henry Vann* 1,178 58.1 +26.0
Liberal Democrats David Sawyer* 1,125 55.5 +24.4
Conservative Robin Illingworth 510 25.1 -3.8
Conservative Andrea Spice 456 22.5 -6.7
Labour Conny Smith 244 12.0 -5.7
Labour Laurence Turner 209 10.3 -5.4
Majority
Turnout 40.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Eastcotts

Eastcotts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sarah-Jayne Gallagher* 676 62.4 +14.8
Conservative Sam Ancliff 215 19.9 -12.1
Labour Mansoor Nasir 192 17.7 -2.7
Majority
Turnout 1,083 31.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Elstow and Stewartby

Elstow and Stewartby
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tim Hill* 1,062 79.5 +32.9
Conservative Jade Ancliff 157 11.8 -16.2
Labour Anne Saunders 117 8.8 -8.8
Majority
Turnout 36.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Goldington

Goldington (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tim Caswell 882 37.3 +12.9
Liberal Democrats Christine McHugh 871 36.8 +14.2
Labour Anthony Forth* 805 34.1 +0.7
Labour Jade Uko* 726 30.7 +5.9
Conservative Jenny Hedworth 277 11.7 -12.7
Conservative Philip Merryman 264 11.2 -3.4
UKIP Adrian Haynes 202 8.5 -8.6
Green Philippa Fleming 133 5.6 ±0.0
Green Jennifer Foley 122 5.2 N/A
Majority
Turnout 33.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Great Barford

Great Barford (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Moon* 1,392 56.4 -2.9
Conservative Phillippa Martin-Moran-Bryant 1,090 44.2 -6.6
Liberal Democrats Linda Carlton 591 23.9 +6.1
Liberal Democrats Mark Fitzpatrick 554 22.4 +8.0
Green Tobias Waltham 368 14.9 -1.5
Labour Pauline Webb 222 9.0 N/A
Labour Silas Wady 178 7.2 N/A
Majority
Turnout 38.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Harpur

Harpur (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colleen Atkins* 1,217 57.4 -3.5
Labour Louise Jackson* 1,022 48.2 +3.5
Independent David Allen 395 18.6 +9.4
Liberal Democrats Marion Zebedee-Topham 337 15.9 +8.3
Conservative Jason Whaley 285 13.4 -12.9
Liberal Democrats Alexandra Williams 252 11.9 +6.0
Conservative Phoebe Kirk-Fraiser 250 11.8 -6.6
Majority
Turnout 34.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Harrold

Harrold
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alison Foster* 1,054 67.7 -6.9
Green Gary Lloyd 311 20.0 +4.0
Labour John Dawson 102 6.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Daniel Norton 91 5.8 -3.6
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Kempston Central and East

Kempston Central and East (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kay Burley 879 53.9 +22.5
Labour Mohammed Nawaz* 807 49.5 +15.9
Conservative Richard Hyde 533 32.7 -4.3
Conservative Liam Rees 399 24.5 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Hannah Farthing 180 11.0 +3.5
Liberal Democrats Sarika Shah 125 7.7 +2.9
Majority
Turnout 31.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour hold Swing

Kempston North

Kempston North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Oliver* 498 47.3 +0.2
Conservative Kathy Stone 423 40.2 -3.6
Green Alison Parker 83 7.9 +1.4
Liberal Democrats George Flaxman 48 4.6 +2.0
Majority
Turnout 36.1
Labour hold Swing

Kempston Rural

Kempston Rural
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Weir 860 42.7 -27.4
Liberal Democrats Steve Gallagher 736 36.6 +25.0
Labour Ashley Frith 251 12.5 -5.8
Green Ann Hagen 166 8.2 N/A
Majority
Turnout 34.5
Conservative hold Swing

Kempston South

Kempston South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carl Meader* 1,000 83.5 +14.2
Conservative Barry Ryan 157 13.1 -12.6
Liberal Democrats Conrad Longmore 41 3.4 +0.9
Majority
Turnout 37.4
Labour hold Swing

Kempston West

Kempston West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Valentine 631 52.1 +9.5
Conservative Matt McCarthy 493 40.7 +7.5
Liberal Democrats Bipinchandra Shah 87 7.2 +2.8
Majority
Turnout 31.8
Labour hold Swing

Kingsbrook

Kingsbrook (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Patrick Solomon 840 41.6 +16.2
Liberal Democrats Dean Crofts 830 41.1 +20.4
Labour James Saunders* 700 34.7 -5.6
Labour Wendie Harvey 583 28.9 +5.5
Conservative Martine Moon 256 12.7 -2.6
Green Isabelle Sykes 204 10.1 +3.4
Majority
Turnout 30.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Newnham

Newnham (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hilde Hendrickx 894 35.8 +18.9
Liberal Democrats Jake Sampson 795 31.9 +15.5
Conservative John Mingay* 751 30.1 -8.4
Conservative Alison Crook 687 27.5 -1.5
Labour Shane Kelly 421 16.9 -7.9
Labour Ceciliah Chigwada 414 16.6 -2.4
Green Richard Baker 387 15.5 +7.2
Green Brant Tilds 249 10.0 +4.9
Majority
Turnout 43.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Oakley

Oakley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jon Abbott 887 57.7 +54.1
Conservative Andrew Senior 575 37.4 -2.0
Labour Ian Bagueley 76 4.9 -1.7
Majority
Turnout 52.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing

Putnoe

Putnoe (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Headley* 1,731 63.9 +18.6
Liberal Democrats Max Royden 1,351 49.8 +14.3
Conservative Dawn Allen 724 26.7 -5.9
Conservative Mike Seamarks 526 19.4 -5.5
Labour Lila Begum 238 8.8 -4.4
Labour Co-op Graham Tranquada 216 8.0 -4.0
Green Kate Retout 203 7.5 +1.3
Majority
Turnout 45.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Queens Park

Queens Park (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nesreen Akhtar 1,507 48.8 -5.0
Labour Mohammed Masud* 1,291 41.8 -8.0
Independent Taru Miah 1,290 41.7 N/A
Conservative Abdul Ahmed 392 12.7 -20.2
Green Hannah Jones 264 8.5 +0.8
Conservative June Kuria 199 6.4 -18.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Pattison 108 3.5 -0.1
Liberal Democrats Janet Trengrove 96 3.1 +0.3
Majority
Turnout 49.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Riseley

Riseley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Towler* 823 60.5 +2.5
Labour Martyn Wady 352 25.9 +14.6
Liberal Democrats Liam Martin-Day 185 13.6 +6.8
Majority
Turnout 50.1
Conservative hold Swing

Sharnbrook

Sharnbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Doug McMurdo* 1,006 64.1 +21.6
Conservative Martin Quince 403 25.7 -10.5
Liberal Democrats Bernadette Walsh-Mason 91 5.8 +1.8
Labour Paul Barton 69 4.4 -6.5
Majority
Turnout 49.9
Independent hold Swing

Wilshamstead

Wilshamstead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graeme Coombes* 992 73.8 +1.0
Labour Saqhib Ali 212 15.8 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Smith 140 10.4 -0.4
Majority
Turnout 34.8
Conservative hold Swing

Wootton

Wootton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wheeler* 861 57.1 +16.2
Liberal Democrats Peter Stephens 273 18.1 -2.0
UKIP Bill Hall 192 12.7 -8.8
Labour Adrien Breadmore 181 12.0 +1.8
Majority
Turnout 32.4
Conservative hold Swing

Wyboston

Wyboston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Wootton* 900 71.5 -2.0
Liberal Democrats Derek Eyre 359 28.5 +14.1
Majority
Turnout 42.1
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Bedford Borough Council Election Results 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  4. ^ P J Simpkins (2 May 2019). "ELECTION OF BOROUGH COUNCILLORS FOR THE CASTLE WARD" (pdf). Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford.