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UK Parliamentary election (general election)

The Bedford Borough area is divided into three Parliamentary constituencies, these are: Bedford, North East Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire. There is one Member of Parliament per constituency.

Members of Parliament (MPs) are elected to Parliament for a five year period.

However, the Government may hold a Parliamentary election at any time within the five year period.  

All MPs are elected at the same time. If a seat falls vacant between the elections, then a by-election is held in that constituency.

The most recent general election was held in December 2019.

Borough Council elections

Bedford Borough Council has 40 elected Borough Councillors each representing 1 of 27 Wards within the Bedford Borough Area. Electors vote for the candidates who are standing for the ward they are registered within. 

The next Borough Council elections will take place in 2023.

Local Mayoral election

Mayoral elections in the UK use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system. Under SV, voters select their first and second choices from the list of candidates.

Bedford Borough Council is one of 16 councils in the country to have a directly elected Mayor.

Parish Council elections

Parish Councils are responsible for services such as allotments, bus shelters, cemeteries, community centres, footpaths, public clocks, public conveniences, recreation facilities and war memorials.

Each Parish Council covers a small area – usually about one or two villages. Elections are held every four years. If a seat falls vacant between the elections, then a by-election may be held in that parish.

Police and Crime Commissioner election

Police and Crime Commissioners replaced local police authorities in 2012. Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for holding the police to account for the public.

The election on 7 May 2020 for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire has been postponed until May 2021 due to ongoing developments with the Coronavirus situation.

European election

The European Parliament is based in Brussels (Belgium), Luxembourg and Strasbourg (France) and passes regulations and directives that affect everyone in the European Union.

It deals with issues such as the environment, human rights, consumer rights and economic development. 

There are 751 Members of the European Parliament who are elected once every five years by voters right across the 28 Member States of the European Union on behalf of over 500 million citizens.

Bedford Borough is within the Eastern Region of the United Kingdom. 

Voters elect seven Members to the European Parliament in this region, using the D’Hondt method of proportional representation.