Directly elected mayor of Bedford

Directly elected mayor of Bedford
Mayor of Bedford
Dave Hodgson

since 16 October 2009
Style No courtesy title or style
Appointer Electorate of Bedford
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Frank Branston
Website and democracy/elected mayor

The directly elected mayor of Bedford is a directly elected mayor responsible for the executive function of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire. The incumbent is Dave Hodgson of the Liberal Democrats. Since April 2009 the Borough of Bedford is a unitary authority, with the executive having the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan district and a non-metropolitan county.


Bedford held a referendum on 21 February 2002 on whether to introduce a directly elected mayor after a petition was signed by at least 5% of the electorate. The move was approved with 11,316 voting in favour and 5,357 against on a turnout of 15.5%.[1]

Local authority Date Yes Votes Yes Vote % No Votes No Vote % Turnout %
Bedford 21 February 2002 11,316 67 5,537 33 16


The first mayoral election on 17 October 2002 saw independent Frank Branston elected as mayor.[2]

In 2007 Frank Branston was re-elected as mayor.

Bedford Mayoral Election Results 2007
Name Party 1st Preference Votes  % 2nd Preference Votes[3]  % Final  %[4]
Frank Branston Better Bedford Independent 15,966 3,732 19,698
Nicky Attenborough Conservative 10,710 2,603 13,313
Christine McHugh Lib Dem 10,553 N/A
Randolph Charles Labour 4,758 N/A
Justina McLennan Green 1,538 N/A

An election took place on 15 October 2009 after the death of the previous incumbent, Frank Branston in August 2009.[5] The election was won by the Liberal Democrat, Dave Hodgson.[5]

Bedford Mayoral Election Results 2009[6]
Name Party 1st Preference Votes  % 2nd Preference Votes  % Final  %
Dave Hodgson Liberal Democrat 9,428 26.8 4,127 13,555 54.0
Parvez Akhtar Conservative 9,105 25.9 2,438 11,543 46.0
Apu Bagchi Independent 7,631 21.7 N/A
Tony Hare Independent 4,316 12.3 N/A
James Valentine Labour 3,482 9.9 N/A
Eve Morley Green Party 1,183 3.4 N/A


  1. ^ Parker, Simon (2002-02-22). "Bedford wants a mayor". London: Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ Sherman, Jill (2002-10-19). "Maverick mayors add to Labour's embarrassment". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  3. ^ Using the Supplementary Vote system
  4. ^ Percentage figures are not officially used on the final votes, they are produced here for illustration and are calculated by the candidates final vote divided by the total of final votes
  5. ^ a b "Lib Dems claim victory in Bedford mayor race". 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Lib Dem Dave Hodgson is the new Mayor of Bedford". Bedfordshire on Sunday. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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