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Bedford

Parliamentary constituency
LAB GAIN FROM CON LAB GAIN FROM CON

Results

General Election 2017 results
Party Votes % Net percentage change in seats
Party

LAB

Labour

Mohammad Yasin Votes 22,712 header_vote_share 46.8 Net percentage change in seats +6.6
Party

CON

Conservative

Richard Fuller Votes 21,923 header_vote_share 45.2 Net percentage change in seats +2.6
Party

LD

Liberal Democrat

Henry Vann Votes 2,837 header_vote_share 5.9 Net percentage change in seats +1.6
Party

GRN

Green Party

Lucy Bywater Votes 1,008 header_vote_share 2.1 Net percentage change in seats -1.0

Turnout and LAB majority

LAB majority

789

Turnout

67.5%

Vote share

Party %
Labour 46.8
Conservative 45.2
Liberal Democrat 5.9
Green Party 2.1

Vote share change since 2015

−%
+%
Labour
+6.6
Conservative
+2.6
Liberal Democrat
+1.6
Green Party
-1.0

Latest updates

PM tells local activists 'make case for capitalism'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Prime Minister has told Conservative party members from the region to stand up to Labour and fight "a battle of ideas".

"It's a battle we thought we'd won, but we have to make the argument for capitalism again," she told the east of England reception at her party's conference in Manchester.

Theresa May said there was a new generation of voters who'd grown up during austerity who felt the market hadn't worked for them. She said the Conservatives needed to spread the message of opportunity and aspiration adding "but we must also recognise the concerns of a generation who fear they'll be worse off than their parents".

The party, which is still reeling from failing to win the general election outright and losing Ipswich, Peterborough and Bedford to Labour in this year's general election, is talking a lot about reaching out to younger voters.

It has already announced plans to freeze tuition fees and extend the "help to buy" scheme for homes.

Mrs May congratulated party activists for "a very impressive performance" in this year's local elections.

In a brief reference to the general election she said she was "sorry to have lost some good colleagues".

Prime Minister arrives at the east of England reception in Manchester
BBC
Theresa May is greeted by local party supporters in Manchester

I will 'fight for Bedford hospital' says town's new MP in first speech

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The new Labour MP for Bedford and Kempston has made his maiden speech in Parliament today, promising to save Bedford Hospital.

Mohammad Yasin, who beat the sitting Conservative MP Richard Fuller to the seat in June, said: "Two years ago Bedford Hospital saved my wife's life when she suffered a heart attack.

Bedford Hospital
BBC

"The future of our hospital and its services have been in doubt for far too long.

"Since 2011, under this government and the last, a string of expensive and inconclusive reviews have cast a shadow over the hospital, lining the pockets of many consultants while hardworking frontline staff go without pay rises.

"As MP for Bedford and Kempston, I will fight every day to keep the services we need."

New Bedford MP says hospital top of agenda

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The new Bedford MP says his top priority is the future of the town's hospital.

Labour's Mohammad Yasin told the BBC it had been the key issue in the local election campaign and he would be holding meetings with the hospital and NHS bosses in the near future.

Mohammad Yasin
BBC

"People are not sure what's going to happen to A&E, maternity and paediatric and we don't know the future," he said.

"We think they may go out of Bedford and go to Luton or Milton Keynes and people are really worried.

"My plan is that we want to keep the core services at Bedford."

Bedford's new MP puts success down to 'hard-working campaign team'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Labour's Mohammad Yasin took the Bedford seat from Conservative Richard Fuller by fewer than 800 votes.

He told the BBC he put the win down to a hard-working campaign team and that the party “raised issues people were concerned about”.

Mr Yasin said issues on the doorstep included Bedford Hospital - which could lose services to Milton Keynes Hospital - plus "unfair funding to the police and the lack of funds to schools".

“I will work with the government to get more funding for schools, for Beds Police, for the NHS and Bedford Hospital,” he said.

The new MP said he was not surprised at Jeremy Corbyn’s success and said Theresa May "needs to go now".

Video: Labour's Mohammad Yasin wins Bedford seat

Bedford welcomes new MP

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Before the results came in there was talk that the political scene could change in Milton Keynes and Watford, but they stayed Conservative.

So that just left Bedford to turn red, where Mohammad Yasin is the new MP, replacing Richard Fuller who was elected in 2010.

The new politician has been celebrating in Bedford, where his new role has been welcomed by some.

Bedford count
BBC

David from Bedford told me he voted Labour from Conservative for the very first time as Theresa May "refused to commit to protecting the public service".

Alison Glazebrook woke up very happy when she heard the news and says: "It's the result I was hoping for."

Watch: The moment Bedford went from blue to red

BBC Look East

This is the moment the biggest shock of the night happened in Bedfordshire, with Bedford and Kempston going from Conservative to Labour.

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The clear up begins

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

For anyone joining us just now, all the results are now in for Beds, Bucks and Herts.

The main news is that all seats stayed the same, except for in Bedford and Kempston where Richard Fuller lost his Conservative seat to Mohammed Yasin for Labour.

We expected counts to still be coming in by now, but most people have gone home and the clear up has well and truly started in Welwyn Hatfield.

Empty room
Welwyn Hatfield Council

How the papers reported it

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's how some of the local papers have reported on the election results.

  • The Bedfordshire On Sunday reports on the biggest shock of the night locally in Bedford and Kempston, where Conservative Richard Fuller lost his seat to Labour's Mohammad Yasin by the narrowest of margins.
  • The Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser explains how John Bercow won in Buckingham, with none of the main parties standing against him.
  • The Conservative majority being slashed in Watford features in the Watford Observer.

Bedford: Labour gain from Conservative

Election result
BBC
CON HOLD

Results

Conservative
, with candidate Richard Fuller
, have the following results:
  • 19,625 total votes taken.
  • 42.6% share of the total vote
  • +3.7% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Patrick Hall
, have the following results:
  • 18,528 total votes taken.
  • 40.2% share of the total vote
  • +4.3% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Charlie Smith
, have the following results:
  • 4,434 total votes taken.
  • 9.6% share of the total vote
  • +7.1% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Mahmud Henry Rogers
, have the following results:
  • 1,958 total votes taken.
  • 4.2% share of the total vote
  • -15.6% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Ben Foley
, have the following results:
  • 1,412 total votes taken.
  • 3.1% share of the total vote
  • +2.2% change in share of the votes
Independent
, with candidate Faruk Choudhury
, have the following results:
  • 129 total votes taken.
  • 0.3% share of the total vote
  • +0.3% change in share of the votes

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