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Just about Labour’s best PCC result was the victory in Bedfordshire – the Nadine effect?

November 17th, 2012

At the 2010 general election the aggregate vote in the Bedfordshire police authority area was CON 44.91 LAB 27.28 LD 20.7 yet on Thursday Labour managed to win the Police Commissioner vote in what looks like its best result nationally.

Interestingly turnout was higher in the urban areas of Luton and Bedford compared with the more rural areas.

The constituency of suspended Conservative MP, Nadine Dories, is Central Bedfordshire. Could it be that her controversial participation in “I’m a Celebrity Get me out of here” made traditional Tory voters less inclined to turnout for their candidate?

Mike Smithson

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