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.
Slough has an unusual balance of political forces. 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 was (in April 2007) one non-Group affiliated member, an Independent Conservative (who was elected in 2004 as an official Conservative and has been nominated for re-election in 2007 as an official candidate).
The BILLD Group is itself a local coalition, containing members from six parties or groups of independents. The organisations represented in the group before the election are the Slough Liberal Democrats, the Slough Liberals, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and a representative or representatives from three groups of independents active in one ward each (the Independent Britwellian Residents in Britwell, Independent Langley Residents in Langley St Mary's and Independents in Wexham Lea wards). The existing members of the Group (excluding UKIP) have an electoral pact for the current election, continuing electoral arrangements which started with the 2001 Slough Council election. The Independent Langley Residents Councillor joined The Slough Party, just before the 2007 election.
A number of Independents and others, not affiliated to BILLD, contested the 2007 election.
During the 2006–2007 term the Conservative Party gained one seat from Independent Langley Residents in a by-election. The Independent Conservative councillor for Upton (Balwinder Singh Dhillon) received the official Conservative nomination for 2007, thus giving the Tories a notional gain. In April 2007, the composition of the 41 member council was:-
In the 2007 election 50 candidates were nominated for the 14 seats up for election. One Independent candidate (Dominic Ashford in Wexham Lea) was nominated but withdrew before the poll. The list below is broken down by Party or group of Independents, with a residual category of Others who have no party label or are standing as Independents who are not affiliated to BILLD. The Independent Langley Residents have not nominated an official BILLD candidate in their ward, but their incumbent Councillor has proposed the nominee of The Slough Party in the area who would presumably join the BILLD Group if elected.
Before the elections held on 3 May 2007, the composition of Slough Borough Council was as follows (the Conservatives made two gains from Others compared with the 2006 election, as a result of the Langley St Mary's by-election of 2006 and the Independent Conservative councillor from Upton being nominated as an official Conservative candidate):
|Composition Table (as of April 2007)|
|Party||Group Leader||Seats 06||% Seats||Change (on 2006)||Seats 07|
|Other parties||Richard Stokes||13||31.71||-2||11|
|Liberal Democrats||John Edwards||5||12.20||0||5|
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 but one of the Others category Councillors in 2006. The Independent Conservative councillor was not a member of any group in 2006–07, until he was nominated as an official Conservative for the 2007 election.
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||Mushtaq Ahmed Hayat *||No||N/A|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||Patrick Shine *||Yes||Yes|
|Central||Labour||1999||Lydia Emelda Simmons (a)||Yes||No|
|Chalvey||Labour||2001||Raja Mohammed Zarait||Yes||Yes|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2004||Michael John Holledge||No||N/A|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2001||Sat Pal Singh Parmar (b)||Yes||Yes|
|Colnbrook with Poyle||Conservative||1997||Steve Burkmar||Yes||No|
|Farnham||Labour||2001||Joginder Singh Bal||Yes||Yes|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||Sonja Anne Jenkins *||Yes||Yes|
|Haymill||Liberal||1990||David John Munkley *||Yes||Yes|
|Kedermister||Labour||1988||Mewa Singh Mann||Yes||Yes|
|Langley St Mary's||Conservative||2006||Diana Victoria Coad||Yes||Yes|
|Upton||Conservative||2004||Balwinder Singh Dhillon (c)||Yes||Yes|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2002||David MacIsaac *||Yes||Yes|
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
|Liberal Democrats||1 (4)||0||-1||-1||7.14||12.79||3,718||-0.94|
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 and 2007, with new Liberal Democrat candidates, two of the seats were 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|
|Labour||Fiza Ahmed Matloob||1,359||52.15||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Sarfraz Khan *||965||37.03||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. The IBR councillor up for election in 2007 was re-elected.
The 2007 Borough election is being held at the same time as the vote to fill the thirteen seats on Britwell Parish Council. The Independent Britwellian Residents nominated eleven candidates (including their three Borough Councillors), whereas The Slough Party nominated four (including the Borough Council candidate). Eleven IBR and two TSP parish councillors were elected. The Labour Party, which before the rise of the IBR had dominated the Parish Council, has not nominated any candidates.
|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|
|Britwellian||Patrick Shine *+||525||34.98||N/A|
|The Slough Party||Alan Tilbury||340||22.65||N/A|
|Conservative||Timothy Charles Williams||210||13.99||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.
In 2007, after a closely contested election, the Conservatives ousted the incumbent Labour councillor. An election petition was subsequently presented. At a hearing of the High Court held in Slough Town Hall on 18 March 2008, the 2007 result was declared void because of bogus electoral registrations and postal votes.
|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|
|Labour||Lydia Emelda Simmons +||1,319||43.55||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Gary James Griffin *||187||6.17||N/A|
|Non Partisan||Sukh Sokhal||51||51||N/A|
|The Slough Party||Ida Zaidi||33||33||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||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. In 2007 the Conservatives took over as runners up to Labour.
|Liberal Democrats||Gulshan Nasreen Ali *||680||34.80||N/A|
|Conservative||Carol Ann Stanmore||331||16.94||N/A|
|Labour||Raja Mohammed Zarait +||1,081||50.28||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Duncan Peter Buchanan *||198||9.21||N/A|
|Non Partisan||Suk Dhillon||35||1.63||N/A|
|The Slough Party||Doris Julia Grabka||31||1.44||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. Labour councillors were re-elected in 2006 and 2007.
|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|
|Labour||Patricia Josephine O'Connor||1,011||51.61||N/A|
|Conservative||Maurice Arthur Stanmore||763||38.95||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Wisdom Methodius Da Costa *||185||9.44||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 incumbents, up for election in 2006 and 2007, were re-elected.
|Labour||Nimrit Chohan +||993||45.16||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Mohammad Atiq Akbar Sandhu *||469||21.33||N/A|
|Labour||Sat Pal Singh Parmar +||1,120||55.92||N/A|
|Conservative||Kevin Charles Pond||682||34.05||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Nadeem Anwar Rana *||201||10.03||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.
In an unexpected result in 2007, the Conservative incumbent was ousted by a Labour candidate.
|Conservative||Steve Burkmar +||361||28.12||N/A|
|The Slough Party||David Thomas Wood||273||21.26||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||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 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|
|Labour||Joginder Singh Bal +||1,034||51.52||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Josephine Mary Hanney *||333||16.59||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 their seats in 2006 and 2007.
|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|
|Liberal Democrats||Sonja Anne Jenkins *+||1,056||53.28||N/A|
|Labour||James Lawrence Walsh||850||42.89||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 and 2007 the Liberal Councillor up for election held their seats, 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|
|Liberal||David John Munkley *+||852||45.15||N/A|
|Labour||Martin Frank Carter||581||30.79||N/A|
|Conservative||Sehar Izzat Ali-Noor||379||20.08||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 seats up for election in 2006 and 2007.
|Labour||Christine Rita Small +||941||47.07||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Duncan Peter Buchanan * +||306||15.31||N/A|
|Labour||Mewa Singh Mann +||945||43.87||N/A|
|Conservative||Wajinder Singh Chahal||864||40.11||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Matthew Thomas Hanney *||312||14.48||N/A|
|Non Partisan||Raja Mohammed Attiq Khan||33||1.53||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.
In a 2006 by-election the Conservative Party gained a seat from the Independent Langley Residents (with the Labour candidate in second place). This was the seat contested again in 2007. The Tories again won the seat.
Before the 2007 election the remaining ILR Councillor (Neil Arnold) joined The Slough Party and proposed its candidate for that 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|
|Conservative||Diana Victoria Coad +||915||50.25||N/A|
|The Slough Party||Peter Cruze||472||25.92||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.
The Independent Conservative Councillor received the official Conservative nomination for the 2007 election and was re-elected.
|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|
|Conservative||Balwinder Singh Dhillon +||1,058||48.31||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Edwards *||281||12.83||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; as was the 2006–2007 Mayor the following year.
|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|
|Independent||David MacIsaac *+||1,432||57.56||N/A|
|Baylis & Stoke||Liberal Democrats||2004||2008||Rashad Javaid Butt *|
|Baylis & Stoke||Labour||2007||2011||Fiza Ahmed Matloob|
|Baylis & Stoke||Labour||2006||2010||Azhar Qureshi|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||2008||Sean Patrick Wright *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2002||2011||Patrick Shine *|
|Britwell||Ind. Britwellian Res.||2006||2010||John Joseph Finn *|
|Central||Labour||2006||2010||Shafiq Ahmed Chaudhry|
|Chalvey||Labour||2001||2011||Raja Mohammad Zarait|
|Cippenham Green||UK Independence||1995||2008||William Geoffrey Howard * (a)|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2007||2011||Patricia Josephine O'Connor|
|Cippenham Green||Labour||2002||2010||James Charles Robert Swindlehurst|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2003||2008||May Dodds|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2001||2011||Sat Pal Singh Parmar (b)|
|Cippenham Meadows||Labour||2004||2010||Nimrit Chohan|
|Colnbrook with Poyle||Conservative||2000||2008||Dexter Jerome Smith|
|Colnbrook with Poyle||Labour||2007||2011||Rakesh Pabbi|
|Farnham||Labour||2001||2011||Joginder Singh Bal|
|Farnham||Labour||2002||2010||Sukhjit Kaur Dhaliwal|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2000||2008||John William Edwards *|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||2011||Sonja Anne Jenkins *|
|Foxborough||Liberal Democrats||2004||2010||Robert Clive Plimmer *|
|Haymill||Liberal||1987||2008||Richard Stanley Stokes * (c)|
|Haymill||Liberal||1990||2011||David John Munkley *|
|Haymill||Liberal||2004||2010||Brian Graham Hewitt *|
|Kedermister||Labour||2002||2008||Jagjit Singh Grewal|
|Kedermister||Labour||1988||2011||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||Conservative||2006||2011||Diana Victoria Coad|
|Langley St Mary's||Conservative||2000||2010||Derek Ernest Cryer (d)|
|Upton||Conservative||1999||2008||Julia Thomson Long (e)|
|Upton||Conservative||2004||2011||Balwinder Singh Dhillon (f)|
|Upton||Labour||2006||2010||Balvinder Singh Bains (g)|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2000||2008||Michael Anthony Haines * (h)|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2002||2011||David Ian MacIsaac *|
|Wexham Lea||Independent||2004||2010||Mohammed Latif Khan * (i)|