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Bedford
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the boundary changes that came into effect in 1997, Bedford was reduced to the core of the town itself, which helped Labour to win it for the first time since 1966. Bedford is a very interesting, cosmopolitan town, with a surprisingly heady mixture of ethnic groups which includes the country's highest proportion of Italians, who came over to work in the brickfields still visible outside the town. It has affluent residential areas, including those catering for commuters to London; fine educational provision and a rich history including such luminaries as John Bunyan, and a wide mix of employers from brewers to the county council. Even in the exceptional circumstances of the June 1999 Euro-elections (a turnout of 25pc) Labour retained a small lead in Bedford - by 207 votes. This indicates that their first-term MP Patrick Hall can probably look forward to being returned.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Elected in 1997, Patrick Hall, a half-Belgian bachelor, is Labour's third only MP for Bedford since 1945. A former town planner and as an MP a very unobtrusive Blairite loyalist, he was born in 1951 and educated at the local public school, Bedford Modern, and at Birmingham University. Naïve-seeming, to Tory laughter he claimed many of his constituents supported ‘the government's commitment to the flexible and speedy implementation of the heavily-indebted poor countries initiative'. Though tabling only six written questions in his first year, he favours electoral reform, more accountable banks, the east of England as a separate region, and planning advice to avoid building on flood plains. He will have to hope this will be enough to make him the first ever Labour MP for Bedford to win a second term.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.08% 14.99% 60.58
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.60% 2.49% 64.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.05% 4.43% 136.77
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 9.46% 7.27% 130.08
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.77% 2.56% 108.12
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.18% 2.04% 57.92
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 7.74% 3.94% 196.17
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.72% 13.04% 97.56
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 12.00% 12.70% 94.46
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.62% 8.14% 68.98
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.50% 4.02% 111.87
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.57% 3.19% 80.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 17.27% 11.31% 152.65
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.73% 3.06% 56.61
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.31% 2.52% 91.54
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 3.40% 2.10% 161.99
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 5.04
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 9.98% 9.41% 106.02
£5-10K 16.29% 16.63% 97.95
£10-15K 16.13% 16.58% 97.31
£15-20K 13.34% 13.58% 98.18
£20-25K 10.32% 10.39% 99.31
£25-30K 7.80% 7.77% 100.33
£30-35K 5.86% 5.79% 101.15
£35-40K 4.41% 4.33% 101.76
£40-45K 3.34% 3.27% 102.21
£45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.51
£50-55K 1.96% 1.90% 102.70
£55-60K 1.52% 1.47% 102.81
£60-65K 1.18% 1.15% 102.86
£65-70K 0.93% 0.91% 102.86
£70-75K 0.74% 0.72% 102.84
£75-80K 0.59% 0.57% 102.80
£80-85K 0.48% 0.46% 102.75
£85-90K 0.38% 0.37% 102.69
£90-95K 0.31% 0.31% 102.63
£95-100K 0.26% 0.25% 102.58
£100K + 1.38% 1.34% 102.70

Local Map of the constituency
Bedford - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Bedford - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.22%)
Conservative (- 11.74%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.05%)
Liberal Democrat (3.48%)
Conservative (-  0.89%) Labour (-  2.68%)
Con - 11.74%
Lab 14.22%
LD - 4.05%
Con - 0.89%
Lab - 2.68%
LD 3.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick Hall
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.77%) 13,297 32.77%
Lab Labour (47.94%) 19,454 47.94%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.83%) 6,425 15.83%
Oth Other (3.46%) 1,403 3.46%
Maj Majority (15.17%) 6,157 15.17%
Turn Turnout (59.88%) 40,579 59.88%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Patrick Hall
Labour hold
C Nicky Attenborough 13,297 32.77%
L Patrick Hall 19,454 47.94%
LD Michael Headley 6,425 15.83%
UK Jennifer Lo Bianco 430 1.06%
I Richard Rawlins 973 2.40%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Patrick Hall
Labour gain
Con Conservative (33.66%) 16,474 33.66%
Lab Labour (50.62%) 24,774 50.62%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.35%) 6,044 12.35%
Ref Referendum (3.07%) 1,503 3.07%
Oth Other (0.30%) 149 0.30%
Maj Majority (16.96%) 8,300 16.96%
Turn Turnout (73.53%) 48,944 73.53%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (45.40%) 22,863 45.40%
Lab Labour (36.40%) 18,318 36.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.40%) 8,263 16.40%
Oth Other (1.80%) 881 1.80%
Maj Majority (9.00%) 4,545 9.00%
Turn Turnout (76.52%) 50,325 76.52%

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