General Election Bedford & Kempston – background stuff

I’m looking to raise disability and the effects of Government harassment of people with disability as an issue locally. I will be contacting all the local candidates. Meanwhile some background stuff ……..

Bedford

2010 Result:
Conservative: 17546 (38.9%)
Labour: 16193 (35.9%)
Lib Dem: 8957 (19.9%)
BNP: 757 (1.7%)
Green: 393 (0.9%)
UKIP: 1136 (2.5%)
Independent: 120 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 1353 (3%)

Category: Marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Bedfordshire. Part of the Bedford council area.

Main population centres: Bedford, Kempston.

Profile: The constituency is drawn tightly around Bedford, the commercial and administrative centre of the area and the adjacent town of Kempston. A diverse town, Bedford has a large population of Italian descent and also has a large Asian population..

Politics: A tight marginal between Labour and the Conservatives that also has significant Liberal Democrat strength, particularly at a local election. In 2011 the Liberal Democrats had more councillors in the seat than the Conservatives, and also provided the elected mayor for the authority.

Current MP
RICHARD FULLER (Conservative) Born 1962, Bedford. Educated at Bedford Modern and Oxford University. Former venture capitalist and management consultant. Contested Bedford 2005. First elected as MP for Bedford in 2010.
Past Results
2005*
Con: 14174 (34%)
Lab: 17557 (42%)
LDem: 9063 (22%)
UKIP: 995 (2%)
Oth: 283 (1%)
MAJ: 3383 (8%)
2001
Con: 13297 (33%)
Lab: 19454 (48%)
LDem: 6425 (16%)
UKIP: 430 (1%)
Oth: 973 (2%)
MAJ: 6157 (15%)
1997
Con: 16474 (34%)
Lab: 24774 (51%)
LDem: 6044 (12%)
Oth: 149 (0%)
MAJ: 8300 (17%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
Other 2015 Candidates
PATRICK HALL (Labour) Born 1951, Birmingham. Educated at Bedford Modern School and Birmingham University. Planning officer. Bedfordshire councillor 1989-1997. Contested Bedfordshire North 1992. MP for Bedford 1997-2010.
MAHMUD HENRY ROGERS (Liberal Democrat) Educated at LSE. Accountant. Bedford councillor 2006-2009.
CHARLIE SMITH (UKIP) Educated at Pilgrim Upper School. Consultant and property landlord.
BEN FOLEY (Green) Born 1966. Educated at Newcastle University. Academic. Contested Mid Bedfordshire 2005, Bedford 2010.
STEVE WATSON (Class War)
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