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Branston keeps power in Bedford

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LAB -505 1877 -8 34
LD -246 2171 -4 23
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Bedford's mayor Frank Branston has been re-elected after a marathon count lasting almost 16 hours.

Mr Branston, of the Better Bedford Independent Party, saw off a Tory challenge.

But the long wait for the result was blamed on the electronic counting system - adding to the controversy surrounding technology in ballots.

Mr Branston was the third independent mayor to successfully defend his position in England.




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