Conservative Richard Fuller retained his Bedford and Kempston seat by the narrowest of margins when the General Election results were announced earlier this morning.
He beat stiff competition from Labour candidate Patrick Hall and won by just 1,097 votes.
Charlie Smith of UKIP was third with 4,434 votes, Mahmud Henry Rogers of the Liberal Democrats came fourth with 1,958 votes while Ben Foley of the Green Party came fifth with 1,412 votes.
Independent Frank Choudhury rounded off the vote with 129.
After securing victory Richard Fuller said: “I would like to thank my fellow candidates and most of all to Patrick. We’ve done this three times, can we agree not to do it again?
“I would also like to thank the people of Bedford for giving me their trust for the second time to serve them.
“I am indebted to everyone who was involved in my campaign. It has been a youthful, energetic and proudly Bedfordian campaign.”
The overall turnout for the election was 66.5 percent.