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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 scheduled Borough Council elections are on Thursday 2 May 2019. Nomination papers will be available from the Returning Officer from March 2019.

To find out how to be a candidate in these elections please visit How to Become a Councillor

European elections

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. 

The next elections are scheduled for 23 May 2019.

UK Parliamentary elections

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.

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.