Slough Borough Council elections

Slough is a unitary authority in Berkshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1976
Conservative 1976-1983
Labour 1983-1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1997-2004
No overall control 2004-2008
Labour 2008–present

Current council composition (2017) [2]<cody>.</cody>

  1. Labour- 33
  2. Conservative- 8
  3. UKIP- 1

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

  • 1973 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1976 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1979 Slough Borough Council election (Borough boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same)[3]
  • 1983 Slough Borough Council election (New ward boundaries)[4]
  • 1984 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1986 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1987 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1988 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1990 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1991 Slough Borough Council election (Borough boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same)[5]
  • 1992 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1994 Slough Borough Council election
  • 1995 Slough Borough Council election (Borough boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same)[6]
  • 1996 Slough Borough Council election

Unitary authority elections

Election Results 1997–2008
Party 1997 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 2008
Conservative 4 4 (6) 3 (8) 1 (7) 1 (6) 4 (6) 9 1 (5) 3 (7) 3 (6)
Labour 34 9 (32) 6 (26) 12 (27) 10 (27) 6 (26) 15 8 (18) 7 (19) 8 (23)
Liberal Democrat 0 0 (0) 1 (1) 0 (1) 0 (1) 1 (1) 6 1 (5) 1 (4) 1 (3)
Other parties 3 1 (3) 4 (6) 1 (6) 3 (7) 3 (8) 11 3 (13) 3 (11) 3 (9)
Total Seats 41 14 (41) 14 (41) 14 (41) 14 (41) 14 (41) 41 13 (41) 14 (41) 15 (41)

Note: The 1997 and 2004 elections were for the whole Council. For other elections the overall total, after the election, is given in brackets.

By-election results

Kedermister By-Election 7 December 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D.A. Hewitt 442 60.22 N/A
Conservative Mrs M.E. Collins 206 28.07 N/A
Liberal Democrat P.L. Bayliss 86 11.72 N/A
Majority 236 32.15 N/A
Turnout 4,858 15.11 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Resignation of Mrs B. L. Lopez (Labour).

Upton By-Election 4 February 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mrs J.T. Long 799 59.85 N/A
Labour B.B. Mittal 352 26.37 N/A
Liberal Democrat Mrs S.A. Jenkins 68 5.09 N/A
P.P. Whitmore 60 4.49 N/A
Independent Labour D.A.J. Alford 36 2.70 N/A
Liberal P.E. Bradshaw 20 1.50 N/A
Majority 447 33.48 N/A
Turnout 4,931 27.07 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Death of M. G. Long (Conservative).

Britwell By-Election 18 October 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Britwellian Patrick Shine 488 53.80 N/A
Labour Ms May Dodds 262 28.89 N/A
Britwellian O. Isemia 157 24.92 N/A
Majority 226 32.15 N/A
Turnout 6,376 14.26 N/A
Britwellian gain from Britwellian Swing N/A

Death of Mrs Mavis L. Gallick (Britwellian).

Britwell By-Election 13 February 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Britwellian Paul Janik 539 63.49 +9.69
Labour Ms J.R. Rock 310 36.51 +7.62
Majority 229 26.97 -5.18
Turnout 6,319 13.50 -0.76
Britwellian gain from Labour Swing N/A

Death of Dennis McCarthy (Labour).

Langley St. Mary's By-Election 16 November 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Diana Victoria Coad 805 50.50 +13.79
Labour Sharanjeet Kaur Sandhu 682 42.79 +6.42
Independent Dominic James Ashford 107 6.71 +0.72
Majority 123 7.72 +7.37
Turnout ... 29.97 -8.49
Conservative gain from Ind. Langley Res. Swing N/A

Resignation of Mrs P. F. Key (Independent Langley Residents).

References

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.slough.gov.uk/moderngov/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=PARTY&VW=LIST&PIC=0
  3. ^ The Berkshire and Buckinghamshire (Areas) Order 1977
  4. ^ The Borough of Slough (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1980
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1991. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  6. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1994. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Slough (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Slough (Electoral Changes) Order 2012. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  • Local newspapers (1863-date) and Slough Borough Council documents at the Robert Taylor Library in Slough

External links

2004 Slough Borough Council election

An election to Slough Borough Council was held on 10 June 2004. The whole council was up for election. This was the 120th Slough general local authority election, since Slough became a local government unit in 1863, including both whole Council elections and elections by thirds.

The Borough had been re-warded for this election. For the previous three Slough elections, which had each returned a third of the Council, see 2001 Slough Council election, 2002 Slough Council election and 2003 Slough Council election.

The 2004 election was to fill forty-one seats. The leading vote winner in each of the fourteen wards was elected for the term 2004-2008. The second placed candidates were elected for 2004-2007. In all the wards, except Colnbrook with Poyle, the candidate with the third highest number of votes was elected for the term 2004-2006.

2006 Slough Borough Council election

Elections to Slough Borough Council were held on 4 May 2006. One third of the council was up for election. This was the 121st Slough general local authority election (including both whole Council elections and elections by thirds) since Slough became a local government unit in 1863.

Overall, the Labour Party gained three seats, the Conservative Party lost two and the Liberal Democrats lost one. This result was slightly unusual compared with the other UK local elections on the same day whereby the Conservative Party generally gained seats at the expense of the Labour Party.

This election filled thirteen seats for the term 2006-2010. The remaining twenty-eight Slough Councillors continued in office. These seats were previously contested in the whole Council election of 2004 following the redrawing of the ward boundaries in the Borough.

2007 Slough Borough Council election

Elections to the Borough Council in Slough, England, were held on 3 May 2007. One third of the council was up for election. This was the 122nd Slough general local authority election (including both whole Council elections and elections by thirds) since Slough became a local government unit in 1863.

The 2007 election was to fill fourteen seats for the 2007-2011 term. The remaining twenty-seven Slough Councillors continued in office. The fourteen seats were previously contested in the whole Council election of 2004 following the redrawing of the ward boundaries in the Borough.

In the last election in 2006, the Labour Party gained three seats, the Conservative Party lost two and the Liberal Democrats lost one. This result was slightly unusual compared with the other UK local elections on the same day in which the Conservative Party generally gained seats at the expense of the Labour Party.

The counter cyclical changes continued in the 2007 election. The Labour Party gained another seat from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats. However the Conservative Party unseated the longest serving Labour Councillor and former Mayor, Lydia Simmons. Labour finished the count with a net gain of one, which leaves Slough in no overall control. The existing coalition administration (broadly supported by all Councillors not in the Labour group) is likely to continue in office for the next year.

The turnout for the whole borough, as announced at the count on 4 May 2007, was 35.32% of the registered electors.

The result in the Central ward was overturned, on 18 March 2008, at the hearing of an election petition (see the Central ward sub-section below for more details). This was the first time since the nineteenth century that a Slough local election result was overturned by the courts.

2008 Slough Borough Council election

Elections to the Borough Council in Slough, England, were held on 1 May 2008. This was the 123rd Slough general local authority election (including both whole council elections and elections by thirds) since Slough became a local government unit in 1863.

The regular 2008 election was to fill fourteen seats, one from each ward, for the 2008-2012 term. These fourteen seats were last contested in the whole Council election of 2004, following the redrawing of the ward boundaries in the Borough.

The election also filled a casual vacancy, for the remaining three years of a 2007-2011 term. The vacancy was caused when Eshaq Khan (Conservative-Central ward) was removed from office, on 18 March 2008, following the hearing of an election petition (for more details see the external link to the judgment of the Election Commissioner below).

The remaining twenty-six Slough Councillors will continue in office, for seats which will be next contested in 2010 or 2011.

In an election where, in most parts of England, the Labour Party did badly; in Slough they regained control of the Council for the first time since 2004. Labour gained two seats from the Conservatives (and arguably a third by taking the vacant seat, last held by Eshaq Khan), one seat from the Liberal Democrats and one seat from the UK Independence Party. The Tories offset their losses by gaining one seat from Labour and another from The Slough Party. As a result of these changes the Council then had 23 Labour members and 18 opposition councillors.

Dissension within the Labour Party, within a few weeks of the election, led to three councillors defecting to the Conservative Party; producing a 21 non-Labour and 20 Labour split on the Council. Two of them returned to Labour later the same day, again reversing control of the Council.

2010 Slough Borough Council election

An election for the Borough Council in Slough, England, was held on 6 May 2010. This was the 124th Slough general local authority election (including both whole council elections and elections by thirds) since Slough became a local government unit in 1863.The regular 2010 election was to fill thirteen seats, one from each ward except Colnbrook with Poyle, for the 2010–2014 term. These thirteen seats were last contested in the Council election of 2006.

The remaining twenty-seven Slough Councillors will continue in office, for seats which will be next contested in 2011 or 2012.

2012 Slough Borough Council election

The 2012 Slough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Slough Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.

14 wards (one third of the council) were up for election.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Labour 35

Conservative 5

Liberal Democrats 1

2014 Slough Borough Council election

The 2014 Slough Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Slough Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The whole council (42 seats) was up for election due to a re-drawing of boundaries and an increase from 41 councillors.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Labour 33

Conservative 8

UKIP 1

2015 Slough Borough Council election

The by-thirds 2015 Slough Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect approximately one third of the members of Slough Borough Council in England to coincide with other local elections, an election which was held simultaneously with the 2015 General Election, resulting in higher turnout than the previous election.

2016 Slough Borough Council election

The 2016 Slough Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Slough Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2018 Slough Borough Council election

The 2018 Slough Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of Slough Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

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