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.
Slough Borough Council, between 1983 and 2004, had been controlled by the Labour Party.
Between 2003 and 2004, there were three groups of Councillors. In addition to the Labour Group and the Conservative Group there was the Britwellian, Independent, Liberal and Liberal Democrat Group (BILLD).
The BILLD Group was composed of all the Councillors, who were not Labour or Conservative. It was a coalition of a number of parties and independents. These included a Councillor or Councillors elected in particular wards; Liberal Democrat (Foxborough ward), Liberal (Haymill ward), Independent Britwellian Residents (Britwell ward) and Independent (Wexham Lea ward).
The existing members of the Group had an electoral pact for the 2004 election, which also extended to the Independent Farnham Residents candidates in Farnham ward and the Independent Langley Residents candidates in Langley St Mary's ward.
In 2003–2004, the composition of the 41 member council was:-
In the 2004 election 105 candidates were nominated for the 41 seats up for election. The list is broken down by Party, with a residual category of an Independent candidate not affiliated to BILLD.
Before the elections held on 10 June 2004, the composition of Slough Borough Council was as follows:
|Composition Table (as of June 2004)|
|Party||Group Leader||Seats 03-04||% Seats||Change (on 2003-2004)||Seats 04|
|Other parties||Richard Stokes||8||19.51||+3||11|
|Liberal Democrats||John Edwards||1||2.44||+5||6|
Note: The Others category in this table includes all non-Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors. Richard Stokes (Liberal-Haymill) is the BILLD Group Leader, which includes the Liberal Democrats and all the Others category Councillors.
|Baylis||Labour||2001||Rajinder Singh Sandhu||Yes|
|Baylis||Labour||1999||Gurmej Singh Sandhu||Yes|
|Baylis||Labour||2004||Balvinder Singh Bains||Yes|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2003||Paul Janik *||Yes|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||Sean Patrick Wright *||Yes|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||Patrick Shine *||Yes|
|Central||Labour||1988||Ronald William Sibley||Yes|
|Central||Labour||1999||Lydia Emelda Simmons||Yes|
|Central||Labour||2004||Arvind Singh Dhaliwal||Yes|
|Chalvey||Labour||2001||Satpal Singh Parmar||Yes|
|Chalvey||Labour||2000||George Henry Davidson||Yes|
|Cippenham||Labour||1996||Lawrence L. Gleeson||Yes|
|Cippenham||Conservative||1995||William Geoffrey Howard||Yes|
|Cippenham||Labour||2002||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst||Yes|
|Colnbrook & Poyle||Conservative||1997||Steven John Burkmar||Yes|
|Colnbrook & Poyle||Conservative||2000||Dexter Jerome Smith||Yes|
|Farnham||Labour||2001||Joginder Singh Bal||Yes|
|Farnham||Labour||1990||David Edward Mansell||No|
|Foxborough||Labour||1988||Mewa Singh Mann||Yes|
|Foxborough||Labour||2002||Jagjit Singh Grewal||Yes|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2000||John William Edwards *||Yes|
|Haymill||Liberal||1990||David John Munkley *||Yes|
|Haymill||Liberal||2002||Jean Frances Stockton *||No|
|Haymill||Liberal||1987||Richard Stanley Stokes *||Yes|
|Kedermister||Labour||1997||Ronald John Webb||No|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||Christine Rita Small||Yes|
|Langley St Mary's||Labour||2001||Nigel Ian Rushby||No|
|Langley St Mary's||Conservative||1997||Terrence W. Brennan||Yes|
|Langley St Mary's||Conservative||2000||Derek Ernest Cryer (c)||Yes|
|Stoke||Labour||2001||Raja Mohammad Zarait||Yes|
|Stoke||Labour||1999||Simon Ashley George||Yes|
|Stoke||Labour||2002||Egbert Christian Thomas||No|
|Upton||Labour||2001||Gurcharan Singh Manku||Yes|
|Upton||Labour||2002||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal||Yes|
|Upton||Conservative||1999||Julia Thomson Long||Yes|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2000||Michael Anthony Haines *||Yes|
|Wexham Lea||Labour||2001||Muriel Douglas Gilmour||No|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2002||David Ian MacIsaac *||Yes|
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
Note: Due to boundary changes and this being a whole Council election, non-comparable to the 2003 election of a third of the Council, no attempt is made to provide numbers to fill the gain, loss and plus/minus columns.
The Slough local government area came into existence in 1863. It comprised a part of the parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey, roughly corresponding to the modern Central and Upton wards.
In 1894 Slough became a civil parish and then an Urban District.
In 1900 the boundaries of the Slough district were expanded for the first time, increasing its size to 1,684 acres (6.81 km2). The northern boundary was extended up Stoke Road, as far as the Slough branch of the Grand Union Canal. To the south and west, Chalvey and the Salt Hill area, as far as the Montem Mound, were absorbed. To the east, part of Langley joined the district. The Agar's Plough area left Slough, to become part of Eton and provide playing fields for Eton College.
In 1930-1931 there was a major extension of the boundaries, increasing the district to 6,202 acres (25.10 km2). Parts of the parishes of Burnham, Dorney, Farnham Royal, Horton, Langley Marish and Stoke Poges were added to Slough.
Slough was first warded in 1930. The original seven wards were Burnham, Central, Chalvey, Farnham, Langley, Stoke and Upton.
The town was re-warded in 1950, when four of the previous wards (Burnham, Central, Farnham and Stoke) were split into north and south wards, to make a total of eleven.
Britwell and Wexham Court were added to Slough in 1973 (when these two new wards and the eleven existing wards were allocated between two and nine seats, instead of the three per ward which had existed previously).
There was another re-warding in 1983, which created thirteen three-member wards with revised boundaries.
Colnbrook & Poyle was added to Slough in 1995 and became a fourteenth ward, with one member 1995-1997 and two from 1997.
For Slough Council election 2004 the Borough was re-warded. There were still fourteen wards, but only Colnbrook with Poyle (formerly Colnbrook & Poyle) and Haymill had unchanged boundaries.
Baylis & Stoke (born 2004) is a three-member ward in the north of the Borough, to the west of Central ward and to the east of Haymill. It broadly combined the former Baylis and Stoke wards. Baylis was named after Baylis House and the estate of Baylis, which from the sixteenth century was a sub-division of the old parish of Stoke Poges (the southern part of which is included in Slough). Stoke was named after the parish. 2003-2004: the six seats in the former wards were all held by Labour. 2004: The Liberal Democrats, building on the Liberal tradition of the marginal former Stoke ward and overcoming the Labour leanings of the former Baylis ward, won all three seats in 2004.
|Liberal Democrats||Rashad Javaid Butt *||1,348||18.56||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Mushtaq Ahmed Hayat *||1,188||16.36||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Duncan Peter Buchanan *||1,187||16.35||N/A|
|Labour||Gurmej Singh Sandhu||1,034||14.24||N/A|
|Labour||Rajinder Singh Sandhu||958||13.19||N/A|
|Conservative||Narinder Kaur Chagga||300||4.13||N/A|
|Conservative||Surinder Singh Chagga||271||3.73||N/A|
Britwell (born 1973) is a three-member ward in the north-west of the Borough. It includes Britwell parish, although since 1983 some unparished territory was added. Before Britwell became a civil parish it was a district of the old parish of Burnham. Britwell elected some Liberal Councillors in the 1980s but was otherwise safely Labour until 2000. Since then Britwellian and Independent Britwellian Residents Councillors have become increasingly successful. In 1997 Labour won all three seats, but by 2003-2004 the Residents held the three seats. 2004: Independent Britwellian Residents retained the three seats.
|Britwellian||Sean Patrick Wright *||1,170||24.54||N/A|
|Britwellian||Patrick Shine *||1,157||24.27||N/A|
|Britwellian||Paul Janik *||1,151||24.15||N/A|
|Labour||Jacqueline Ruby Rock||397||8.33||N/A|
|Labour||Anthony Alan Smeaton||358||7.51||N/A|
|Labour||Trevor Maldwyn Allen||354||7.43||N/A|
Central (1930-1950 and 1983-) has had different boundaries during the three of the four Slough redistributions in which it has existed (it was divided between Central North and Central South wards 1950-1983), but it has always been a three-member ward with Wexham to the north, Langley to the east, Upton to the south, Chalvey to the south-west and Baylis & Stoke to the west. It was part of the original parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey, although the hamlet of Slough (a few scattered houses and coaching inns along the Great West Road and Windsor Road) was smaller than the villages of Upton and Chalvey until the Great Western Railway arrived in the 1840s. 2003-2004: Labour held the three seats under the 1983 boundaries. 2004: Labour won one and the Conservatives two of the three seats of the revised ward.
|Labour||Lydia Emelda Simmons||1,269||16.37||N/A|
|Conservative||Hussain Razzak Malik||1,212||15.63||N/A|
|Labour||Arvind Singh Dhaliwal||1,194||15.40||N/A|
|Labour||Mohan Singh Sihota||1,131||14.59||N/A|
|Green||Vicki Nadine Thornton||406||5.24||N/A|
Chalvey (born 1930), (in the south of the Borough) is a three-member ward. In the nineteenth century it was a village that was part of the ancient parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey. It became an original ward of Slough. The ward has existed in some form continuously since the district was first warded in 1930. Before 1970 Chalvey was Conservative but since then it has been safely Labour. 2003-2004: Three Labour seats. 2004: The Liberal Democrats came within ten votes of winning a seat in the ward in 2004, but Labour retained the three seats.
|Labour||Raja Mohammad Zarait||775||16.26||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Joan Audrey F. Horton *||740||15.52||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Gulshan Nasreen Ali *||705||14.79||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Jagdeesh Singh *||645||13.53||N/A|
Cippenham Green (born 2004) is a three-member ward in the south-west of the Borough. Cippenham was a district of the old parish of Burnham. It was one of the two wards based on the old Cippenham ward, which was a Labour/Conservative marginal (six Conservative and eleven Labour wins between 1983 and 2003). This area is the western part of the previous ward, incorporates the Cippenham village area (including the Green which the ward is named after). 2003-2004: The former Cippenham ward was represented by two Labour and one Conservative Councillors. 2004: this ward elected one Conservative and two Labour Councillors.
|Conservative||William Geoffrey Howard||1,083||18.07||N/A|
|Labour||Michael John Holledge||966||16.12||N/A|
|Labour||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst||940||15.69||N/A|
|Conservative||Paul Gerard Sutton||924||15.42||N/A|
|Conservative||Maurice Arthur Stanmore||870||14.52||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Wisdom M. Da Costa *||327||5.46||N/A|
Cippenham Meadows (born 2004) is a three-member ward in the south-west of the Borough. It was one of the two wards based on the old Cippenham Ward, which was a Labour/Conservative marginal (six Conservative and eleven Labour wins between 1983 and 2003). This area is the eastern part of the previous ward, incorporates the Windsor Meadows development which caused a large population growth since the 1983 redistribution of wards. Presumably these are the Meadows which the ward is named after. 2003-2004: see Cippenham Green. 2004: The new ward elected three Labour Councillors.
|Labour||Satpal Singh Parmar||1,083||19.24||N/A|
|Conservative||Mary Edith Collins||728||12.93||N/A|
|Conservative||Graham Edward Smith||628||11.16||N/A|
Colnbrook & Poyle (1995–2004), Colnbrook with Poyle (born 2004) is a (since 1997) two-member ward in the furthest east part of the Borough between to the M4 motorway and Greater London. Labour elected some Councillors here, in 1995 and 1997 (1 seat), but by 2000 the ward was safely Conservative. 2003-2004: Two Conservative Councillors. 2004: Two Conservative Councillors re-elected.
|Conservative||Dexter Jerome Smith||637||26.15||N/A|
|Conservative||Steven John Burkmar||553||22.70||N/A|
|Labour||Gurcharan Singh Manku||364||14.94||N/A|
|Green||Jill Angela Hatch||320||13.14||N/A|
|Labour||Dilbagh Singh Parmar||319||13.20||N/A|
Farnham (1930-1950 and 1983-) is a three-member ward in the west of the Borough, to the south of Britwell and west of Haymill. It was named after the old Farnham Royal parish, of which it was the southern part. This was an original Slough ward. There were Farnham North and Farnham South wards 1950–1983. A single Farnham ward was re-created in 1983. 2003-2004: Three Labour Councillors. 2004: This was a safe Labour Ward, with three Labour representatives.
|Labour||Joginder Singh Bal||1,060||18.11||N/A|
|Labour||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal||965||16.49||N/A|
|Ind. Farnham Res.||Amrik Singh Johal *||787||13.45||N/A|
|Ind. Farnham Res.||Nicholas Trevredyn Hoath *||784||13.39||N/A|
|Ind. Farnham Res.||Abdul Rauf Bhatti *||695||11.87||N/A|
|Conservative||Bridget Mary O'Brien||501||8.56||N/A|
Foxborough (born 1983) is a three-member ward in south-east Langley in the eastern part of the Borough. In the 2004 redistribution the ward lost its extension west along the southern border of Langley. It is named after a 4-acre (16,000 m2) area mentioned in connection with the inclosure of Langley Marish parish in 1809. This was the ward where the Liberal Democrats won their first election in Slough in 2000. 2003-2004: Two Labour and one Liberal Democrat Councillors. 2004: The Liberal Democrats held all three seats after the election.
|Liberal Democrats||John William Edwards *||907||21.80||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Sonja Anne Jenkins *||886||21.30||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Clive Plimmer *||714||17.16||N/A|
|Labour||Russell Lee Ford||469||11.27||N/A|
|Labour||Simon Ashley George||432||10.38||N/A|
|Conservative||Dalwyn Ronald Attwell||397||9.54||N/A|
|Labour||Alice Njeri Sheehy||355||8.53||N/A|
Haymill (born 1983) is a three-member ward in the west of the Borough (to the east of Farnham ward), which was left unchanged by the 2004 redistribution. It is a safe Liberal ward having last elected a non-Liberal Councillor in 1984. 2003-2004: Three Liberal Councillors. 2004: Three Liberal holds.
|Liberal||Richard Stanley Stokes *||939||22.68||N/A|
|Liberal||David John Munkley *||920||22.22||N/A|
|Liberal||Brian Graham Hewitt *||914||22.08||N/A|
|Labour||Lawrence L. Gleeson||322||7.78||N/A|
|Labour||Sham Lal Bahri||249||6.01||N/A|
Kedermister (born 1983) is a three-member ward in south-west Langley, in the eastern part of the Borough. In 2004 it was extended south a bit. The ward was named after Sir John Kedermister (or Kidderminster), who was Warden of Langley Park and founded some almshouses in Langley in 1617. 2003-2004: three Labour Councillors. 2004: This was a safe Labour Ward, with three Labour representatives.
|Labour||Jagjit Singh Grewal||923||14.43||N/A|
|Labour||Mewa Singh Mann||895||14.00||N/A|
|Labour||Christine Rita Small||765||11.96||N/A|
|Conservative||Ronald Albert Harman||698||10.91||N/A|
|Conservative||Darren Lee Gilpin||692||10.82||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Linda Edwards *||523||8.18||N/A|
|UKIP||Michael John Knight||412||6.44||N/A|
|Green||Mathew Glynn Geeves||400||6.25||N/A|
Langley St Mary's (born 1983) is a three-member ward in north Langley, in the eastern part of the Borough. St Mary's is named after the church in Langley. This has been a Labour/Conservative marginal ward. 2003-2004: There were two Tory and one Labour Councillors. 2004: The Independent Langley Residents won two seats and tied for the third (which the Conservative candidate won on a roll of dice, so he was credited with an additional vote).
|Ind. Langley Res.||Neil James Arnold *||783||12.54||N/A|
|Ind. Langley Res.||Pauline Florence Key *||769||12.32||N/A|
|Conservative||Derek Ernest Cryer||712||11.40||N/A|
|Ind. Langley Res.||Jeremiah Dwyer *||711||11.39||N/A|
|Conservative||Terrence W. Brennan||691||11.07||N/A|
|Labour||Ronald William Sibley||679||10.87||N/A|
|Labour||Thomas William Dymock Kelly||675||10.81||N/A|
|Conservative||Timothy Charles Williams||618||9.90||N/A|
|Labour||Patricia J. O'Connor||606||9.71||N/A|
Upton (born 1930), part of the old parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey (in the south of the modern Borough), was an original ward which has existed in some form continuously since 1930. In the early nineteenth century Upton was a village about a mile and a half south-east of the hamlet of Slough. It is a three-seat ward. Upton was the most Conservative area of Slough until demographic change made Labour competitive. Labour won the ward for the first time ever in 1990. In 1997 Labour won two seats and the Conservatives one. 2003-2004: 2 Labour and 1 Conservative Councillors. 2004: The Conservatives won all three seats.
|Conservative||Julia Thomson Long||1,141||17.65||N/A|
|Conservative||Balwinder Singh Dhillon||985||15.24||N/A|
|Conservative||Kevin Charles Pond||954||14.76||N/A|
|Labour||George Henry Davidson||867||13.41||N/A|
|Labour||Balwinder Singh Bains||865||13.38||N/A|
|Green||Alan Diarmid Hatch||385||5.96||N/A|
|Independent||Thomas James King||301||4.66||N/A|
|UKIP||John Watson Lane||252||3.90||N/A|
Wexham Lea (born 1983) is a three-member ward in the north of the Borough, to the north-east of Baylis & Stoke and the north of Central ward. It combines Wexham Court parish and an area known as Upton Lea. The ward was formerly safely Labour. 2003-2004: 1 Labour and 2 Independent Councillors. 2004: Securely held by Independent Councillors who won all three seats in 2004.
|Independent||Michael Anthony Haines *||1,384||22.19||N/A|
|Independent||David Ian MacIsaac *||1,266||20.30||N/A|
|Independent||Mohammed Latif Khan *||1,133||18.17||N/A|
|Conservative||Stephen J. Goodfellow||361||5.79||N/A|
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||2008||Rashad Javaid Butt *|
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||2007||Mushtaq Ahmed Hayat *|
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||2006||Duncan Peter Buchanan *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||2008||Sean Patrick Wright *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||2007||Patrick Shine *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2003||2006||Paul Janik *|
|Central||Labour||1999||2007||Lydia Emelda Simmons (a)|
|Chalvey||Labour||2001||2007||Raja Mohammad Zarait|
|Cippenham Green||Conservative||1995||2008||William Geoffrey Howard (b)|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2004||2007||Michael John Holledge|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2002||2006||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2003||2008||May Dodds|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2001||2007||Satpal Singh Parmar (c)|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2004||2006||Nimrit Chohan|
|Colnbrook with Poyle||Conservative||2000||2008||Dexter Jerome Smith|
|Colnbrook with Poyle||Conservative||1997||2007||Steven John Burkmar|
|Farnham||Labour||2001||2007||Joginder Singh Bal|
|Farnham||Labour||2002||2006||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2000||2008||John William Edwards *|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||2007||Sonja Anne Jenkins *|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||2006||Robert Clive Plimmer *|
|Haymill||Liberal||1987||2008||Richard Stanley Stokes * (d)|
|Haymill||Liberal||1990||2007||David John Munkley *|
|Haymill||Liberal||2004||2006||Brian Graham Hewitt *|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||2008||Jagjit Singh Grewal|
|Kedermister||Labour||1988||2007||Mewa Singh Mann|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||2006||Christine Rita Small|
|Langley St Mary's||Ind. Langley Res.||2004||2008||Neil James Arnold *|
|Langley St Mary's||Ind. Langley Res.||2004||2007||Pauline Florence Key *|
|Langley St Mary's||Conservative||2000||2006||Derek Ernest Cryer (e)|
|Upton||Conservative||1999||2008||Julia Thomson Long (f)|
|Upton||Conservative||2004||2007||Balwinder Singh Dhillon|
|Upton||Conservative||2004||2006||Kevin Charles Pond|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2000||2008||Michael Anthony Haines * (g)|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2002||2007||David Ian MacIsaac *|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2004||2006||Mohammed Latif Khan * (h)|