Liberal Democrats hold Kingsbrook, Bedford Borough Council

Newly elected Councillor Andy Gerard
Andy Gerard has been elected the new Councillor for Kingsbrook ward in Bedford. (Pictured above with Councillor Anita Gerard, Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson and PPC for Bedford and Kempston, Henry Vann.)

The results in full:
Lib Dems 660;
Labour 370;
Con 150;
Ind1 85;
Ind2 73
Turnout: 18.4%

Previous councillors in Kingsbrook ward include Dan Rogerson MP and the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson.

Henry Vann, PPC for Bedford and Kempston said,

Two government ministers visited during the campaign – including their “election guru” Douglas Alexander. This is an abysmal result for Labour and technically the first electoral test of the pre-budget report.

The result can hardly be a consolation to the Tories either. They were rejected by voters, and saw their vote slashed to just 150 across the ward.

It is quite clear that voters recognise a hard-working candidate, and Andy Gerard will make a great campaigner for Kingsbrook.

Read more by or more about , , , , , or .
This entry was posted in Council by-elections.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/17132 for Twitter and emails.
Advert

6 Comments

  • Hurrah – and winning in west devon too I believe!!

  • Correct, Felix.

    There have been four byelections in the Torridge & West Devon constituency since the 2007 election. Lib Dems have now gained three of them (two from Tories and one from Independent) , and narrowly missed holding the other one (which was taken by a well-established Independent).

    Congratulations to the team in Bedford.

  • Mark Fitzpatrick 13th Dec '09 - 2:26pm

    Note the Labour MP in the background on the photo: Patrick Hal. Perhaps he is wondering how they got just 27% in a seat where they had a councillor until June.

    Incidentally Andy got 661 votes, not 660.

  • Mark Fitzpatrick 13th Dec '09 - 2:27pm

    Apologies. It is Patrick Hall, not Hal.

  • Yeah, a great result… a 10% swing to Labour on a 18% turnout. And great for the local residents who have suffered from nothing being done in their area. It’s been Lib-Dem for over a decade and the area suffers problems that are not dealt with. I doubt they will be helped with a Councillor who despite claiming to be ‘local’ lives in Kempston.

One Trackback

  • By By-election roundup for 10 December 2009 on Fri 11th December 2009 at 11:45 am.

    […] Bedford Borough Council, Kingsbrook Lib Dem hold. LD Andy Gerard 660 Lab 370 Con 150 Turnout 18.4% More here. […]

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 1st Feb - 2:37pm
    On the point about the public finances and fiscal retrenchment in the next parliament: - I agree that the deficit is usually best expressed in...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 1st Feb - 2:26pm
    This sounds good. Let this be a whistle for everyone connected with the Lib Dems to get into campaign mode. There's too much idle debate...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 1st Feb - 2:16pm
    Simon Shaw I would be happy to support your policy of removing charges for dentistry. My guess is that most Liberal Democrats and most voters...
  • User AvatarSteve Way 1st Feb - 2:15pm
    He is of course entirely correct that there should be consensus over the NHS but he has absolutely no chance of getting it in the...
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 1st Feb - 1:58pm
    @JohnTilley "People would vote for a guarantee that the NHS will be protected as a public service, provided free at the point of delivery." "Free...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 1st Feb - 1:58pm
    @ Little Jackie Paper "Indeed, it is interesting given the emphasis on free movement that data on how many UK people have moved to other...