Top tips for voting on Thursday

May 2, 2023 8:00 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Manifesto launch 2023Polls open at 7am on Thursday morning and will remain open until 10pm.

For these elections the government has decided that you have to show photographic identification, you can find a list of acceptable ID at Please make sure you have you ID ready to take with you to the Polling Station.

The location of your Polling Station is printed on your polling card, alternatively you can find out where you can vote at

You do not need your Polling Card to vote, but you will be asked your name and address and to show your photographic ID.

There may be volunteers from political parties outside the Polling Station who may ask you for electoral number and/or name and address. This is to help them know who has voted and will reduce the chance of them knocking on your door to remind you to vote later.

The Government has also changed the voting system for the Mayoral election - you only have one vote this time, there are no second choices. The election is between me and the Conservative candidate; Labour were a poor third last time and the Greens even further back. A vote for anyone other than me will only help the Conservative!

Once you have voted you can let me know at - again this will help the campaign team to not have to remind you to vote.

If you have any problems you can call the Council on 01234 718078.

Please support Mayor Dave Hodgson and the Liberal Democrats in this crucial election. Your Liberal Democrat local election candidates:

  • Biddenham - Stelios Mores
  • Brickhill - Wendy Rider and Charles Royden
  • Bromham - Richard Jones and Stephen Rutherford
  • Castle and Newnham - Hilde Hendrickx and Tom Pattinson
  • Cauldwell - Charlotte Bagnall, Eve McGrath and Tristan Steyn
  • Clapham and Oakley - Jon Abbott and John Manning
  • De Parys - David Sawyer and Henry Vann
  • Goldington - Tim Caswell and Christine McHugh
  • Great Barford - Malcolm Smith
  • Great Denham - Joanna Szaub-Newton
  • Greyfriars - Nigel Spencer
  • Harpur - Martin Kavanagh and Patricia Wood
  • Harrold - James Thomson
  • Kempston Central and East - Louise Crofts and Jas Parmar
  • Kempston North - Bipinchandra Shah
  • Kempston South - Janet Trengrove
  • Kempston West - Paramjeet Kaur
  • Kingsbrook - Dean Crofts and Henna Khanum
  • Putnoe - Michael Headley and Max Royden
  • Queens Park - James Baggaley, Sydney Campbell and Rashid Rogers
  • Renhold and Ravensden - Conrad Longmore
  • Riseley - Lorna Marchant
  • Riverfield - Billy Thompson
  • Sharnbrook - Paul Stekelis
  • Shortstown - Stephen Bowering and Leigh Coombs
  • Wixams and Wilstead - Sachdev Goldi, Linda Jack and John Symonds
  • Wootton and Kempston Rural - Sue Abood and Peter Stephens
  • Wyboston - Thomas Townsend

Please do support both Mayor Dave Hodgson in the Mayoral elections and the Liberal Democrats in the local elections. A strong team of Liberal Democrat Councillors will ensure that we can deliver our manifesto and continue to be ambitious for Bedford Borough.