Bedfordshire South (European Parliament constituency)

Bedfordshire South was a constituency of the European Parliament located in the United Kingdom, electing one Member of the European Parliament by the first-past-the-post electoral system. Created in 1984 from parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, it was abolished in 1994 and succeeded by Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Bedfordshire South
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom


It consisted of the parliamentary constituencies of Luton South, Milton Keynes, North Hertfordshire, Luton North, South West Bedfordshire, Stevenage, and West Hertfordshire.[1]

When it was abolished in 1994, the parliamentary constituencies of Luton South, Luton North, South West Bedfordshire and the new seats of Milton Keynes South West and North East Milton Keynes became part of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes constituency, while North Hertfordshire and West Hertfordshire were transferred to Hertfordshire, and Stevenage was transferred to Essex West and Hertfordshire East.[2]


Bedfordshire and part of Northamptonshire prior to 1984
1984 Peter Beazley Conservative
1994 constituency abolished: see Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, Hertfordshire and Essex W and Herts E

Election results

European Parliament election, 1989: Bedfordshire South[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter George Beazley 73,406 38.6 −4.9
Labour T McWalter 70,429 37.0 +2.5
Green D G Everett 34,508 18.1 New
SLD W M Johnston 8,748 4.6 −17.4
SDP R Muller 3,067 1.6 New
Majority 2,977 1.6 -7.4
Turnout 190,158 33.8 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing −3.7
European Parliament election, 1984: Bedfordshire South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter George Beazley 72,088 43.5
Labour W Cochrane 57,106 34.5
Liberal P A Dixon 36,444 22.0
Majority 14,982 9.0
Turnout 165,638 31.6
Conservative win (new seat)


  1. MEPs and their constituencies : UK MEPs, European constituencies in the UK and the House of Commons constituencies they comprise, European Parliament Information Office, December 1988.
  2. The European Parliament 1994–1999 : MEPs and European constituencies in the United Kingdom, London : UK Office of the European Parliament, November 1994.
  3. Europe votes 3 : European parliamentary election results 1989, ed. by T.T. Mackie, Dartmouth, 1990.
  4. Europe votes 2 : European Parliamentary election results, 1979–1984, eds. T.T. Mackie and F.W.S. Craig, Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services, 1985.