|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of South Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire, boundaries 1974-83
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||South West Bedfordshire, Luton North and Luton South|
|Created from||Luton and Mid Bedfordshire|
South Bedfordshire was a county constituency in Bedfordshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.
Boundaries and boundary changes
1950–1974: The constituency was created by the Representation of the People Act 1948 as a County Constituency, comprising the Municipal Borough of Dunstable, the Urban District of Leighton Buzzard, the Municipal Borough of Luton wards of Leagrave and Limbury, and the Rural District of Luton.
Leighton Buzzard and surrounding rural areas were transferred from Mid Bedfordshire, and the Leagrave and Limbury wards of Luton, together with Dunstable and surrounding rural areas from the abolished Luton Division of Bedfordshire.
1974–1983 (Second Periodic Review of Westminster Constituencies): The Municipal Borough of Dunstable, the Urban District of Leighton-Linslade, and the Rural District of Luton.
Gained the former Urban District of Linslade from the County Constituency of Buckingham in Buckinghamshire. This had been merged with Leighton Buzzard to form the Urban District of Leighton-Linslade in 1965. The Luton wards of Leagrave and Limbury were included in the new Borough Constituency of Luton West.
The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election. it was largely absorbed into the new County Constituency of South West Bedfordshire, including Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. Areas to the north and south of Luton were included respectively in the new County Constituency of North and the new Borough Constituency of Luton South.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative and National Liberal||William A Fearnley-Whittingstall||18,546||41.83||N/A|
|Liberal||James Stewart Knight||5,725||12.91||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
|National Liberal and Conservative||Norman Cole||22,917||50.94||+9.11|
|National Liberal and Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+2.66|
|National Liberal and Conservative||Norman Cole||23,365||52.79||+1.85|
|National Liberal and Conservative hold||Swing||+1.85|
|National Liberal and Conservative||Norman Cole||25,861||47.13||-5.66|
|National Liberal and Conservative hold||Swing||+1.55|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Dennis John Nisbet||33,499||49.75||+11.3|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+3.18|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.11|
|Liberal||David John Howard Penwarden||16,622||30.87||+21.97|
|Labour||Paul Farnham Tinnion||15,847||29.43||-12.93|
|Labour||Raymond Alfred Little||16,351||32.48||+3.05|
|Liberal||David John Howard Penwarden||13,194||26.21||-4.66|
|Liberal||Malcolm Alfred Turner||8,402||14.36||-11.85|
|National Front||Laurence Anthony Smith||626||1.07||N/A|
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