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Bedford Borough Council

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Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council logo
Founded1 April 1974
Speaker of the Council
Cllr Tim Hill, Liberal Democrat
since 15 May 2019
Mayor Dave Hodgson, Liberal Democrat
since 2 May 2019
Chief executive
Philip Simpkins
since June 2009
SeatsElected Mayor
40 Councillors[1]
Bedford Borough Council composition
Council political groups
Executive (27)
  Liberal Democrats (15)
  Labour Party (11)
  Independent (1)
Opposition (13)
  Conservative Party (11)
  Green Party (2)
Length of term
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years
Supplementary vote
Council last election
2 May 2019
Mayor last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Bedford Borough Hall, Bedford, Bedfordshire

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 the unitary authorities of Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council were formed.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

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


Bedford has been granted two distinct coats of arms. The first is per pale Argent and Gules a fess Azure, and the second Argent an eagle displayed wings inverted and head turned towards the sinister Sable ducally crowned and surmounted by a castle of three tiers Or.[4]


  1. ^ "Your Councillors". Bedford Borough Council. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  4. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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