Bedford mayoral election … Lib Dems’ Dave Hodgson ahead on 1st preferences

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2009

Yesterday saw voting in Bedford for the new elected mayor, with the Lib Dems’ Dave Hodgson the bookies’ favourite. Counting started this morning, and we’ll be reporting the result as soon as we receive it. Alternatively, you can do what we’re doing and follow the Twitter stream

The good news so far is that Dave was ahead on first preferences, with Labour trailing badly in fifth place, and the Greens losing their deposit. However, as no candidate gained more than 50% of the votes cast, second preferences of the losing candidates are now being counted – so we have a while longer to wait before knowing if the Lib Dems can celebrate a terrific by-election victory.

Update 2.30 pm …
@libdemlocalgov has tweeted the first preferences voting breakdown:
Lib Dem 9428, Con 9105, Indy 7631, Indy 4316, Lab 3482, Green 1183