Local Politicians

Bedford Borough Council is one of only 15 Councils in the country (outside of London) to have a Directly Elected Mayor who is responsible for the executive function of the Bedford Borough Council. The town is also served by an MP, MEP and local councillors, whilst the county is served bu a Lord-Lieutenant and a High Sheriff.

The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson

Dave Hodgson has lived in Bedford for thirty years. His father was Headteacher at Westfield School and Mark Rutherford School and also served as a senior steward at Putnoe Heights Church. Dave was an active local politician for many years before becoming Mayor. He has successfully campaigned on many local issues including preventing the closure of local post offices, saving local allotment sites from development, and on ensuring that vital repairs to our roads and paths were carried out. As Mayor he continues to fight for local residents on the issues that matter to the people of Bedford, most notably, successfully fighting to save the Bedfordshire Police Force and he continues the campaign against the giant incinerator planned at Rookery Pit, Stewartby.

Cllr Charles RoydenDeputy Mayor – Councillor Charles Royden

Councillor Royden was elected to the post of deputy mayor in 2014.

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Meet Your Local Councillors

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community. They must either live or work in the local area.

Councillor Kristy Adams

Newnham Ward

Conservative

Councillor Colleen Atkins MBE

Harpur Ward

Labour

Portfolio Holder for Adult Services and Community Wellbeing

Councillor Apu Bagchi

Castle Ward

Independent

Councillor Rosemary Bootiman

Putnoe Ward

Liberal Democrat

 

Councillor Randolph Charles

Cauldwell Ward

Labour

Speaker of the Council

Councillor Ian Clifton

Cauldwell Ward

Labour

Speaker of the Council

Councillor Graeme Coombes

Wilshamstead Ward

Conservative

Parish: Wilshamstead

 

Councillor Caroline Fensome

Castle Ward

Conservative

Councillor Alison Foster

Harrold Ward

Conservative

Carlton & Chellington; Harrold; Odell; Podington; Wymington

Councillor Jonathan Gambold

Bromham & Biddenham Ward

Conservative

Councillor Anita Gerard

Kingsbrook Ward

Liberal Democrat

Liberal Democrats Group Leader

Councillor Sylvia Gillard

Goldington Ward

Liberal Democrat

Councillor Michael Headley

Putnoe Ward

Liberal Democrat

Portfolio Holder for Finance and Asset Management

Councillor Tim Hill

Elstow & Stewartby Ward

Liberal Democrat

Liberal Democrats Deputy Group Leader

Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland

Eastcotts Ward

Liberal Democrat

Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services

Councillor Shan Hunt

Kempston North Ward

Labour

Portfolio Holder for Revenues and Benefits, Customer Services and ICT

Councillor Will Hunt

Kempston West Ward

Labour

Councillor Louise King

Harpur Ward

Labour

Councillor Mohammed Masud

Queens Park Ward

Labour

Councillor Doug McMurdo

Sharnbrook Ward

Independent

Councillor Carl Meader

Kempston South Ward

Labour

Labour Deputy Group Leader

Councillor Philip Merryman

Goldington Ward

Liberal Democrat

Councillor John Mingay

Newnham Ward

Conservative

Councillor Stephen Moon

Great Barford Ward

Conservative

Conservative Group Leader

Councillor Mohammed Nawaz

Kempston Central & East Ward

Labour

Councillor Sue Oliver

Cauldwell Ward

Labour

Children’s Social Care and Lead Member for Children’s Services

Councillor Pat Olney

Oakley Ward

Independent

Independent Group Leader

Councillor Paul Prescod

Wootton Ward

Liberal Democrat

Councillor Wendy Rider

Brickhill Ward

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Speaker of the Council

Councillor Roger Rigby

Bromham & Biddenham Ward

Conservative

Councillor Charles Royden

Brickhill Ward

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Mayor & Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport

Councillor James Saunders

Kingsbrook Ward

Labour

Councillor David Sawyer

De Parys Ward

Liberal Democrat

Councillor Mark Smith

Kempston Rural Ward

Conservative

Councillor James Valentine

Kempston Central & East Ward

Labour

Councillor Henry Vann

De Parys Ward

Liberal Democrat

Portfolio Holder for Education

Councillor Jane Walker

Clapham Ward

Conservative

Councillor Tom Wootton

Wyboston Ward

Conservative

Conservative Deputy Group Leader

Councillor Mohammad Yasin

Queens Park Ward

Labour

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