10:24PM, Thursday 03 May 2018
Our editorial team is here throughout the night, bringing you the latest news from the local election count for Slough.
03:20am: Right we're signing off now but see next week's Slough Express for all the coverage and check out the gallery of photos (above) from the night.
03:13am: To sum up Labour took two wards in a night where both the main parties successfully defended their other seats. Cllr James Swindlehurst's group took the Upton ward from Tory Wal Chahal.
Labour also took Langley St Mary's, previously held by Independent cllr Diana Coad who decided not to re-stand.
James Swindlehurst said: "We were hopeful that we would gain at least one of Upton or Langley, I wasn't sure if I was banking on both.
"We did speak to 31,000 people on the doorstep, one in three electors in Slough we've had a conversation with of some description."
He added it was pleased to have held on to Colnbrook with Poyle.
02:58am: And the last few...
Britwell and Northborough ward
LAB Rob Anderson 1671(Labour hold)
CON Rajora Chandi 415
Cippenham Green Ward
LAB DAVIS Roger Francis 1206 (Labour hold)
CON GILL Alfred 642
UKIP Nick Smith 116
Colnbrook with Poyle Ward
LAB CHEEMA Avtar Kaur 697 (Labour hold)
CON BEDI Puja 620
Colnbrook Parish Council - by election
Ind LEVER Olwyn Margaret 680
Con VIRDI Jagjit Singh 575
2:50am: These ladies wanted a group photo. They were counting votes and managed to get 100 per cent accuracy on the counting front. Good work girls.
02:47am: More results coming in
Cippenham Meadows Ward
LAB PARMAR Dilbagh Singh 1262 (Labour hold)
LIB DEM PLIMMER Robert Clive 460
CON RAMPAUL Aryan Shivam 397
Langley Kedermister Ward
LAB BROOKER Preston 1096 (Labour hold)
LIB DEM HANNEY Josephine Mary 95
IND O'REILLY Sharon Teresa Bernadette 128
CON SHARMA Meena 783
Haymill & Lynch Hill Ward
CON WRIGHT Anna 1093 (Conservative hold)
LAB BEGUM Ruqayah 697
Lib Dem PARKES Niccola Caitlin 209
Wexham Lea Ward
LAB DAR Haqeeq Ashraf 1693 (Labour hold)
CON HOLMES Darren Edward 556
02:36am: James has been speaking to the councillor for Upton.
Just had a quick chat with Cllr Fiza Matloob who has held on to his seat in Baylis and Stoke. He said: "I'm glad that the residents put another four years trust in me, I'm hoping they will be able to provide that trust again." #Sloughelection— James Hockaday (@JamesHockadayBM) May 4, 2018
02:25am: Not too many smiles coming from the Conservative party
02:24am: Meet your new Labour councillor for St Mary's ward Harjinder K Minas
02:23am: Another ward has come in
Baylis and Stoke
Lab Fiza Ahmed MATLOOB 2289 (Labour hold)
Con David John MUNKLEY 290
02.13am: Reporter James Hockaday has been speaking to the newly elected councillor
01:57am: Some results are coming in
LAB ALI Safdar 1622 (Labour hold)
CON RYSNIK Sebastian Rafal 437
LAB SHARIF Mohammed 1478 (Labour hold)
CON DUDA Greg 484
LAB DHALIWAL Arvind Singh 1282 (Labour hold)
CON PETTMAN Lee Scott 259
LIB DEM TAYLOR Matthew Benedict 101
LAB SABAH Muhammad Waqas 1707 (Labour hold)
Con MANKU Gurcharan Singh 710
Langley St Mary`s Ward
LAB MINHAS Harjinder Kaur 1204 (Labour gain)
CON BAMIGBOLA Christine 842
GREEN EDMONDS Julian Edward Jubal 126
IND JAMES Jonathan 127
LAB BAINS Balvinder Singh 1586 (Labour gain)
CON CHAHAL Wal 1134
01:49am: We've got some stats for you.
The ward with the highest turnout was Baylis and Stoke with 39.95 per cent, closely followed by Upton with 39.35 per cent (which the Express understands may swing)
The wards with the lowest turnout was Cippenham Meadows with 27.9 per cent, and Elliman with 27.33 per cent.
To see a full breakdown visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections/borough-elections-2018---results.aspx
01:45am: Each to their own...
Listening to the @SloughCouncil comms team talking about a previous election where somebody drew a part of the male anatomy on their ballot. It counted as a legitimate vote because it was inside the box. #Sloughelection— James Hockaday (@JamesHockadayBM) May 4, 2018
01:41am: Latest we're hearing. Announcement expected soon.
Labour confident they’ve taken Upton and St Mary’s wards - former is a Tory seat held by Cllr Chahal, and Langley St Mary was held by stepping down Diana Coad (ind) #Sloughelection— Will Taylor (@WillTaylor_BM) May 4, 2018
01.03am: Verification has finally been announced. Total votes 29,679 which equates 31.5 per cent turnout.
This is slightly higher than the 30.85 per cent for May 2016 local elections.
12:57am: Reporter James Hockaday has been speaking to the Mayor of Slough.
When asked about campaigning, Mayor Cllr Ishrat Shah, who can't make partisan comments, gave a very diplomatic answer: "It's nice to see that both parties were strongly campaigning. At the end of the day it's up to the public to decide who they want to support."
12:50am: The final postal boxes have arrived. So now they just need to be counted and verified. And then the real count can begin - hurrah!
12:43am: Still waiting and oh the gifs have started.
Still waiting for votes to be verified. I've been told there was quite a large surge of votes towards the end of the day. Actual counting hasn't started yet. It's going to be a long night. #Sloughelection pic.twitter.com/BvItsZjJGZ— James Hockaday (@JamesHockadayBM) May 3, 2018
12:30am: Still waiting. But can confirm the cafe serves nice coffees and slush puppies
Tempted to get a slush puppy from the cafe tbf pic.twitter.com/h3Lf6gkuA4— Grace Witherden (@GraceW_BM) May 3, 2018
12:15am: Not much to update here. We're still waiting for these votes.....
11:40pm: We've just been told that all but one box currently here have been verified, but we're still waiting on some votes. But some arrived late this evening and it will be at least another 30 minutes until verification can be announced. Counting can't begin until verification is complete.
Time for a cuppa
11:27pm: Slough MP Tan Dhesi has entered the building.
He says he is ‘quietly confident that we will win and I’m sure that the Slough electorate... will bestow their trust in our brilliant set of candidates’. Says Labour had a ‘strong campaign’ and is ‘grateful’ for Labour members campaigning
11.22: You can find out who is standing here
11:04pm: It's all smiles from council leader James Swindlehurst....but it is only 11pm
Says it ‘felt good today’ but is aware of a few ‘battle royales’ in certain wards. I told him Slough Tory leader @LiberateSlough is confident. ‘He starts from a low base... so if he gains one he might get excited’ is @SloughLeader response— Will Taylor (@WillTaylor_BM) May 3, 2018
10:55: And a picture of Rob Anderson with his clipboard
10:52: Reporter James Hockaday has spoken to Conservative Group leader Wayne Strutton.....
Just spoke to Slough Conservative Group leader Cllr Wayne Strutton @LiberateSlough - He said: "I'm hoping that we'll come up with more seats than we came in with. You can never tell."— James Hockaday (@JamesHockadayBM) May 3, 2018
10:43: And the first ballot box is in!
10.40pm: Here is an action shot of some counting
10:35pm: The first postal votes are in!
10:20pm: We are here! We will be updating the blog throughout the night to bring you the latest from the election count taking place at the Montem Leisure Centre.
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