Mid Bedfordshire by-election: "biggest by-election shock in history" as Labour wins seat

Turnout was 44%
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Labour has won the Mid Bedfordshire by-election, taking the seat from the Conservatives.

This is a victory that is being called the “biggest by-election shock in history” after Labour overturned a Conservative majority of 24,664.

Labour’s Alistair Strathern, took the Westminster seat with 13,872 votes – just shy of 1,200 more than the number polled by the Conservative candidate, Festus Akinbusoye (12,680)

Mid Beds candidates (after Festus Akinbusoye and Prince Ankit Love, Emperor of India had walked off). Image:LDRSMid Beds candidates (after Festus Akinbusoye and Prince Ankit Love, Emperor of India had walked off). Image:LDRS
Mid Beds candidates (after Festus Akinbusoye and Prince Ankit Love, Emperor of India had walked off). Image:LDRS

Mid Beds’ new MP, said: “Tonight residents across Mid Bedfordshire have made history.

“After decades of being taken for granted, feeling left behind, being under-represented, they made a decision it was time for a change.

“Nowhere is off limits for this Labour Party and tonight’s result proves it.”

Turnout for the vote was 44 per cent, a fall from the 73.7 per cent recorded at the last general election.

The by-election count is in full flow. Image: LDRSThe by-election count is in full flow. Image: LDRS
The by-election count is in full flow. Image: LDRS

Before the result was announced, Lib Dem sources said they had “doubled their vote share which helped Labour to win the by-election”.

This was disputed by Labour Party members.

Akinbusoye arrived on stage for the declaration at the last minute, and left immediately after the full result was announced.

The by-election was called after former Conservative MP Nadine Dorries resigned in August.

She had originally said she would quit with immediate effect in June.

It was believed that she would be made a peer by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his resignation honours list.

Ms Dorries said she wanted to find out why she was refused a seat in the House of Lords.

Mid Bedfordshire has been Conservative since 1931 (apart from when Ms Dorries lost the Whip for six months in 2012 following her appearance on I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of here).

Ms Dorries had won the seat five times since being elected in 2005. At the last election in 2019 she won with a majority of 24,000 over second-placed Labour.

Festus Akinbusoye, Conservative: 12,680 (vote share 31.1%)

Sid Cordle, Christian Peoples Alliance: 101 (vote share 0.3%)

Prince Ankit Love, Emperor of India: 27 (vote share 0.1%)

Dave Holland, Reform UK: 1,487 (vote share 3.7%)

Emma Holland-Lindsay, Liberal Democrat: 9,420 (vote share 23.1%)

Ann Kelly, Monster Raving Loony Party: 249 (vote share 0.6%)

Gareth Mackey, Independent:1,865 (vote share 4.6%)

Chris Rooney, Mainstream: 24 (vote share 0.1%)

Cade Sibley, Green: 732 (vote share 1.8%)

Alistair Strathern, Labour: 13,872 (vote share 34.1%)

Alberto Thomas, Heritate Party: 63 (vote share 0.2%)

Alan Victor, True and Fair: 93 (vote share 0.2%)

Antonia Vitiello, English Democrats: 107 (vote share 0.3%)