Whilst there is bound to be national speculation about the future impact of the European parliamentary election results, what is not in doubt is the fact that in Bedford and Kempston Labour topped the poll, winning more votes than second placed UKIP, with the Tories and Lib Dems in third and fourth place.
Patrick Hall, Labour's local Parliamentary candidate said,
'This is an encouraging result and an important step towards the general election next year. I am not in the least bit complacent about the hard work required and I will continue to meet local people, listen to their views and offer hope for the future.'
Councillor Sue Oliver, Leader of the Borough Labour group added,
'Although we did not have local elections here, in the country as a whole Labour won the most votes, the most seats and made the most gains. In Bedford, Labour will work with local people, businesses and organisations to seek to improve our county town and borough for all.'