Conservatives retain seats by massive margin

The candidates for North East Bedfordshire eagerly await the results
The candidates for North East Bedfordshire eagerly await the results
  • The Conservative Party retained both their North East and Mid Bedfordshire seats
  • Alistair Burt won in North East Beds with a majority of 25,644 votes
  • Similarly Nadine Dorries has a majority of over 23,000

Alistair Burt retained his North East Bedfordshire seat in convincing fashion when the General Election results were announced last Friday.

Mr Burt received an astonishing 34,891 votes beating Saqib Ali of Labour who received just 9,247 votes in comparison.

It is an honour to be elected, it is an even greater honour to be re-elected

Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire

Adrianne Smyth of UKIP finished in third with 8,579 votes and Liberal Democrat Peter Morris finished fourth with 3,418 votes.

Mark Bowler of the Green Party finished fifth after receiving 2,537 votes.

Mr Burt said: “I want to thank all of my opponents for the way we have conducted this election in traditional Bedfordshire fashion. We have had strong debates but there has never been any bitterness brought into it.

“I want to thank Saqib Ali particularly who took the Labour voice in North Bedfordshire so assiduously and with a great determination.

“Politics is all about cycles and what goes around comes around nobody should ever be in any doubt about that.

“I want to thank all those who have worked so hard for the Conservative cause.

“It is an honour to be elected, it is an even greater honour to be re-elected.”

The turnout for the election in North East Bedfordshire was 65.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Nadine Dorries romped to victory in the Mid Bedfordshire election.

The Tory MP polled 32,544 votes, almost 4,000 more than her 2010 victory.

Second was Charlynne Pullen for Labour with 9,217.

Other candidates polled were Gareth Ellis, Green 2462; Tim Ireland, Independent, 384; Linda Jack, Lib Dem 4193; Ann Maria Kelly, The Offical Raving Loony party, 294; and Nigel Wickens, UKIP, 8966.

Mrs Dorries said: “I was bowled over by the majority. During the day, I watched as scores of people marched towards the polling stations clutching their cards and I was convinced they were doing so to vote me out.

“When I arrived in Mid Beds 10 years ago the majority was just 8,000. It is every politicians dream to be the incumbent in a seat where the majority converts from a single figure majority to one of 23,000!”

The turnout for the Mid Beds election was 71.6 percent.