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 Bedfordshire Mid
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jonathan Sayeed Conservative 22,109 47.4 +1.4
James Valentine Labour 14,043 30.1 -2.4
Graham Mabbutt Liberal Democrat 9,205 19.7 +2.9
Chris Laurence UK Independence 1,281 2.7  
Majority 8,066 17.3
Turnout 46,638 66.1 -12.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.9% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Although this seat is not new, its geographical composition is very different to the original Mid Bedfordshire seat owing to the creation of the new seat of North East Bedfordshire which took the towns of Biggleswade, Sandy, Arlesey and Kempston in return for Flitwick and Toddington.

The constituency is predominantly rural and has no large urban centre. Flitwick and Ampthill are the only towns with populations of about 15,000 although the former is rapidly expanding with new shopping centres opening.

Within the seat, jobs are found in agriculture, education and tourism. Cranfield University is located in Bedfordshire Mid and its tourist attractions include Woburn Abbey and Woburn Safari Park.

The current MP is Jonathon Sayeed, was formerly the MP for Bristol East, who he lost that seat to Labourís Jean Corston in 1992. He was selected for the redrawn Mid Beds seat in 1996 forcing the sitting MP, Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell, to decamp to the new North East Bedfordshire.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bedfordshire Mid
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Jonathan Sayeed Conservative 24,176 46.0
Neil Mallett Labour 17,086 32.5
Tim Hill Liberal Democrat 8,823 16.8
Shirley Marler Referendum 2,257 4.3
Marek Lorys Natural Law 174 0.3
Majority 7,090 13.5
Turnout 52,516 78.9
 
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