Bedfordshire South WestParliamentary constituency
- 28,212 total votes taken.
- 55.0% share of the total vote
- +2.2% change in share of the votes
- 10,399 total votes taken.
- 20.3% share of the total vote
- +0.7% change in share of the votes
- 7,941 total votes taken.
- 15.5% share of the total vote
- +11.3% change in share of the votes
- 2,646 total votes taken.
- 5.2% share of the total vote
- -14.9% change in share of the votes
- 2,106 total votes taken.
- 4.1% share of the total vote
- +4.1% change in share of the votes
Change compared with 2010
Latest updates Bedfordshire South West
Andrew Selous, who held his seat in South West Bedfordshire, tweets: "Very honoured and deeply humbled to be re-elected to serve as the MP for South West Bedfordshire again. Thank you to all who voted for me."
Tories hold Bedfordshire South West
Andrew Salou holds Bedfordshire South West for the Conservatives.
Situated west across the M1 from Luton is the seat of Bedfordshire South West. Conservative Sir David Madel was MP from 1983 until 2001, but only just retained his seat in 1997 when Labour cut his majority to just 132 votes.
Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable and Houghton Regis are the main centres of population. Tourism is an important local money-earner, with the Chiltern Hills, stately homes and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park among the attractions. Expansion plans for London Luton Airport could create 5,000 jobs. Its biggest industry is wholesale and retail trade, and at 40.4%, it also has one of the higher proportions of people who own a home with a mortgage or loan, according to ONS 2011 Census figures for England and Wales.
In 2010, Andrew Selous held the seat for the Conservatives with 52.8% of the vote; Liberal Democrats got 20%, Labour 19.6% and UKIP 4.2%.