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.
Slough has an unusual balance of political forces. In the twenty-first century the town has developed something that more resembles the party systems of countries like France and Italy, than that typical in England.
The council has, since 2004, had no party in overall control. A coalition of the Britwellian, Independent, Liberal and Liberal Democrat Group (BILLD) and the Conservative Group form the current administration, with the Labour Group in opposition. There were (in April 2006) two non-Group affiliated Independents, one an Independent Conservative and the other an Independent Britwellian Residents Councillor, who is seeking re-election on a Slough Independents ticket.
The BILLD Group is itself a local coalition, containing members from six parties or groups of Independent Councillors based on particular Wards. The existing members of the Group have an electoral pact for the current election, continuing electoral arrangements which started with the 2001 Slough Council election.
A number of Independents and others, not affiliated to BILLD, contested the 2006 election.
In April 2006, the composition of the 41 member council was:-
In the 2006 election 51 candidates were nominated for the 13 seats up for election. The list is broken down by Party or group of Independents, with a residual category of Independent candidates standing without prefix or suffix and not affiliated to BILLD.
Before the elections held on 4 May 2006, the composition of Slough Borough Council was as follows:
|Composition Table (as of April 2006)|
|Party||Group Leader||Seats 04||% Seats||Change (on 2004)||Seats 06|
|Other parties||Richard Stokes||11||26.83||+2||13|
|Liberal Democrats||Duncan Buchanan||6||14.63||0||6|
No overall Majority
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 group includes the Liberal Democrats and all the Others category Councillors in 2004. By 2006 two of the Councillors in the Others category are not part of the BILLD Group. Two Councillors left the Conservative group between 2004–2006 (one of whom joined BILLD) and a third Councillor left BILLD, re-joined and then left again.
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||Duncan Peter Buchanan *||Yes (a)|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2003||Paul Janik (b)||Yes|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2002||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst||Yes|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2004||Nimrit Chohan||Yes|
|Farnham||Labour||2002||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal||Yes|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||Robert Clive Plimmer *||Yes|
|Haymill||Liberal||2004||Brian Graham Hewitt *||Yes|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||Christine Rita Small||Yes|
|Langley St Mary's||Conservative||2000||Derek Ernest Cryer (c)||Yes|
|Upton||Conservative||2004||Kevin Charles Pond||Yes|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2004||Mohammed Latif Khan * (d)||Yes|
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
|Liberal Democrats||1 (5)||0||-1||-1||7.69||13.73||3,879||+1.99|
Slough was first warded in 1930. The town was re-warded 1950, 1983 and 2004.
Britwell and Wexham Court were added to Slough in 1973 (when the two new wards and eleven existing wards were allocated between two and nine seats, instead of the three per ward which had existed previously).
Colnbrook & Poyle was added to Slough in 1995 and became a fourteenth ward, with one member 1995–1996 and two from 1997.
For 2004 Slough Council election the Borough was re-warded. There were still fourteen wards, but only Colnbrook with Poyle (formerly Colnbrook & Poyle) and Haymill had unchanged boundaries.
For brief notes on the individual wards used since 2004, see the individual ward sections below.
The turnout box figures given below include a number of spoilt ballots – see the official results on the Slough Borough Council website for further details.
As the 2004 Slough Council election was for the whole Council, with each ward returning multiple Councillors, no plus or minus percentages are given for individual candidates or majorities nor a swing figure.
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 parish of Stoke Poges. Stoke ward was named after the parish, southern parts of which were included in Slough, as part of the 1900 and 1930–1931 extensions of the district boundaries. The Liberal Democrats, (building on the Liberal tradition of the Liberal-Labour marginal Stoke ward) overcame the Labour leanings of the former Baylis ward, to win all three seats in 2004. In 2006, with a new Liberal Democrat candidate, one of the seats was lost to Labour.
|Liberal Democrats||Shakeel Ashraf *||838||30.05||N/A|
|Conservative||Surinder Singh Jabble||481||17.25||N/A|
|Respect||Ghazi Haider Khan||202||7.24||N/A|
|Slough Independents||Nicholas Trevredy Hoath||79||2.83||N/A|
|Labour gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||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. 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 in 2004 the Residents took the three seats. Patl Janik, the incumbent IBR Councillor, stood for re-election in 2006 as a Slough Independents candidate in opposition to a new IBR nominee, who was elected.
|Britwellian||John Joseph Finn *||672||41.58||N/A|
|Labour||Patricia Anne O'Brien||372||23.02||N/A|
|Slough Independents||Paul Janik +||363||22.46||N/A|
|Conservative||Timothy Charles Williams||176||10.89||N/A|
|Independent||Christopher Gary Sliski||33||2.04||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. It was a safe Labour ward under the 1983 boundaries, but in 2004 the Conservatives won two of the three seats of the revised ward. In 2006 there was a straight fight between the Conservative incumbent and a Labour challenger, which the Labour candidate won. It is noticeable that he was the only Councillor elected in 2006 with more than 50% of the votes cast in his ward.
|Labour||Shafiq Ahmed Chaudhry||1,656||55.93||N/A|
|Conservative||Sumander Khan +||1,305||44.07||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
Chalvey (born 1930), (in the south of the Borough) is a three-member ward. It was part of the ancient parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey and was 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. The Liberal Democrats came within ten votes of winning the last seat in the ward in 2004. Labour retained the seat with an increased majority in 2006, so they still hold all three seats.
|Liberal Democrats||Gulshan Nasreen Ali *||680||34.80||N/A|
|Conservative||Carol Ann Stanmore||331||16.94||N/A|
Cippenham Green (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 western part of the previous ward, incorporates the old Cippenham village area (now a suburb of Slough). This ward includes the village green, which it is named after. In 2004 it elected 1 Conservative (since defected to UKIP) and 2 Labour Councillors. One of the Labour councillors was re-elected in 2006.
|Labour||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst +||1,089||48.88||N/A|
|Conservative||Diana Victoria Dale-Gough||781||35.05||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Nasdeem Anwar Rana *||217||9.74||N/A|
|Independent||Dominic James Ashford||122||5.48||N/A|
|Slough Independents||Sukhdev Singh Sohal||19||0.85||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, incorporating the Windsor Meadows development. This estate caused the large population growth in the area, since the 1983 redistribution of wards. Presumably these are the Meadows which the ward is named after. The ward elected 3 Labour Councillors in 2004. The Labour incumbent, up for election in 2006, was re-elected.
|Labour||Nimrit Chohan +||993||45.16||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Mohammad Atiq Akbar Sandhu *||469||21.33||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 2004 the ward was safely Conservative. There was no election in this ward in 2006.
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 Farnham Royal parish, the southern part of which was incorporated in Slough as part of the 1930–1931 boundary extension. This was an original Slough ward. It was split between Farnham North and Farnham South wards 1950–1983. This was a safe Labour Ward, in 2004 as before. Labour won in 2006, but may be vulnerable to a less fragmented opposition in future elections.
|Labour||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal +||935||40.56||N/A|
|Ind. Farnham Res.||Amrik Singh Johal||612||26.55||N/A|
|Conservative||Maurice Arthur Stanmore||438||19.00||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Abid Maqbool Malik *||320||13.88||N/A|
Foxborough (born 1983) is a three-member ward in south-east Langley in the eastern part of the Borough. 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 to Slough Borough Council in 2000 and the party held all three seats after the 2004 election. The Liberal Democrats retained one of their seats in 2006.
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Clive Plimmer *+||854||43.75||N/A|
|Labour||James Lawrence Walsh||715||36.63||N/A|
|Conservative||Marion Edith Williams||321||16.44||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||N/A|
Haymill (born 1983) is a three-member ward in the west of the Borough (to the east of Farnham ward and west of Baylis & Stoke), which was left unchanged by the 2004 redistribution. It is a safe Liberal ward having last elected a non-Liberal Councillor in 1984. The Liberal Councillors and activists, for this ward, did not join the Liberal Democrats in 1988. In 2006 the Liberal Councillor up for election held his seat, so all three Councillors are still Liberals.
|Liberal||Brian Graham Hewitt *+||755||40.22||N/A|
|Labour||Patricia Josephine O'Conner||489||26.05||N/A|
|Independent||Marcus Roland Charles Kirby||99||5.27||N/A|
Kedermister (sometimes locally pronounced Keddermeister) (1983–) is a three-member ward in south-west Langley, in the eastern part of the Borough. The ward was named after Sir John Kedermister (or Kidderminster), who was Warden of Langley Park and founded some almshouses in Langley in 1617. It is a safe Labour ward and the party held its seat in 2006.
|Labour||Christine Rita Small +||941||47.07||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Duncan Peter Buchanan * +||306||15.31||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, but in 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). The Conservative Councillor increased his majority to seven in 2006 (over Labour, with ILR in third place), for the only Tory victory of the 2006 Slough election.
|Conservative||Derek Ernest Cryer +||742||36.71||N/A|
|Labour||Thomas William Dymock Kelly||735||36.37||N/A|
|Ind. Langley Res.||Liam Bernard Meehan *||423||20.93||N/A|
|Independent||Edward Mansel Jones||121||5.99||N/A|
Upton (born 1930), part of the original parish of Upton-cum-Chalvey (in the south of the modern Borough), is a ward which has existed in some form continuously since 1930. It is a three-seat ward. In the early nineteenth century Upton was a village about a mile and a half south-west of the hamlet of Slough (see Central ward). This 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. At the 2004 election the Conservatives won all three seats, although one Councillor has since become an Independent Conservative. Labour gained a seat from the Tories in 2006.
|Labour||Balvinder Singh Bains||846||40.85||N/A|
|Conservative||Kevin Charles Pond +||746||36.02||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Linda Edwards *||195||9.42||N/A|
|Slough Independents||Balbir Kalsi||187||9.03||N/A|
|Green||Alan Diarmid Hatch||97||4.68||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||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 but is now securely held by Independent Councillors who won all three seats in 2004. The Mayor of Slough for 2005–2006 was re-elected in 2006.
|Independent||Mohammed Latif Khan *+||945||41.56||N/A|
|Independent||Martin Joseph Blake||354||15.57||N/A|
|Conservative||Mary Edith Collins||259||11.39||N/A|
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||2008||Rashad Javaid Butt *|
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||2007||Mushtaq Ahmed Hayat *|
|Baylis & Stoke||Labour||2006||2010||Azhar Qureshi|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||2008||Sean Patrick Wright *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||2007||Patrick Shine *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2006||2010||John Joseph Finn *|
|Central||Labour||1999||2007||Lydia Emelda Simmons (a)|
|Central||Labour||2006||2010||Shafiq Ahmed Chaudhry|
|Chalvey||Labour||2001||2007||Raja Mohammad Zarait|
|Cippenham Green||UK Independence||1995||2008||William Geoffrey Howard * (b)|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2004||2007||Michael John Holledge|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2002||2010||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2003||2008||May Dodds|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2001||2007||Satpal Singh Parmar (c)|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2004||2010||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||2010||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2000||2008||John William Edwards *|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||2007||Sonja Anne Jenkins *|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||2010||Robert Clive Plimmer *|
|Haymill||Liberal||1987||2008||Richard Stanley Stokes * (d)|
|Haymill||Liberal||1990||2007||David John Munkley *|
|Haymill||Liberal||2004||2010||Brian Graham Hewitt *|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||2008||Jagjit Singh Grewal|
|Kedermister||Labour||1988||2007||Mewa Singh Mann|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||2010||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||2010||Derek Ernest Cryer (e)|
|Upton||Conservative||1999||2008||Julia Thomson Long (f)|
|Upton||Ind. Conservative||2004||2007||Balwinder Singh Dhillon (g)|
|Upton||Labour||2006||2010||Balvinder Singh Bains (h)|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2000||2008||Michael Anthony Haines * (i)|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2002||2007||David Ian MacIsaac *|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2004||2010||Mohammed Latif Khan * (j)|