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Bedfordshire PCC: Labor defeats Conservative Festus Akinbusoye

Tizard, who was previously a county councilor in Bedfordshire, said people in the county “wanted change, particularly to restore community and neighborhood policing”, but admitted national politics had also played a role.

“At the same time, there was real dissatisfaction with the Conservatives, both locally and nationally, and I think we have taken advantage of that change locally,” he added.

He said he wanted to listen to people in the area: “I’ll go out and meet people and listen to what they have to say. You can’t do this job sitting in an office in Bedford.”