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Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974
Dave Hodgson, Liberal Democrat
since 5 May 2011
Supplementary vote
Council last election
5 May 2011
Mayor last election
5 May 2011

Bedford Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The executive of the council is the directly elected mayor of Bedford. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

The first official Councillor of Bedford Borough Council was Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, following the introduction of unitary authority across Bedfordshire. On 1 April 2009, the Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist, and so Bedford Borough Council & Central Bedfordshire Council were formed.

Political control

Further information: Bedford local elections

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1986
No overall control 1986–2009
Liberal Democrats 2009-2010
No overall control 2010 - Present


  1. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 December 2009.