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Slough Local Elections 2019: Labour make gains as council leader retains his seat

George Roberts

Slough Local Elections 2019: Labour make gains as council leader retains his seat

Leader of the council, Labour's James Swindlehurst, retained his seat as Labour made gains on the Conservatives.

Labour dominated on Thursday night at The Centre, winning all but two of the available 14 seats.

The party also made gains - stealing seats in Upton and Langley St Mary's from the Conservatives.

Cllr Swindlehurst (Labour, Cippenham Green) said said he mostly felt relief at the result.

He said: "It's been a good night for Labour overall.

"I mainly feel relief, in the sense that it's been a long day and it has been a bit more of a fight."

The Tories only took two seats on the night, with Paul Kelly retaining Haymill and Lynch Hill and Dexter Smith staying on in Colnbrook with Poyle.

Cllr Smith said: "I’m very tired. It’s been a long campaign and now we have to deliver on our promises to the residents, which is to protect green spaces and improve the environment."

It was a night to forget for the other smaller parties and independents, with winners only featuring from the two major parties.

Cllr Mohammed Nazir (Labour, Britwell & Northborough), who won by the largest margin on the night (1,426 votes), said he was proud of his party for defying the national political picture.

He said: "In the scheme of things, when you look at the national picture, we are bucking the national trend.

"It's always Slough.

"We help people and it's the residents at the end that are the winners because they trusted us in what we are doing."

Slough's Labour MP was also at the count to support his colleagues.

A total of 27,200 people voted in the elections throughout Thursday, with an overall turnout of 28.9 per cent, slightly lower than the previous election. Councillors blamed rainfall on Thursday afternoon for the reduced numbers at the polls.

Another highlight for Labour was victory for win for 21-year-old Harpreet Kaur in Langley Kedermister, the youngest winner on the night. She thanked the residents of her ward for putting faith in her.

The winners on the night:

Baylis & Stoke: Mohammed Nazir, Labour Party

Britwell & Northborough: Pavitar Mann, Labour and Cooperative Party

Central: Christine Hulme, Labour Party

Chalvey: Ruqayah Begum, Labour Party

Cippenham Green: James Swindlehurst, Labour and Co-operative Party

Cippenham Meadows: Natasa Pantelic, Labour and Co-operative Party

Colnbrook with Poyle: Dexter Smith, The Conservative Party

Elliman: Sabia Hussain, Labour and Co-operative Party

Farnham: Maroof Mohammad, Labour Party

Haymill and Lynch Hill: Paul Kelly, The Conservative Party

Langley Kedermister: Harpreet Cheema, Labour Party

Upton: Jina Basra, Labour Party

Wexham: Harjinder Gahir, Labour

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  • Honestjim

    00:18, 05 May 2019

    Another four years of Swindlehurst - seriously Cippenham Green what were you thinking. In no way did anyone who rhymes with the word Thames pay the UKIP candidate to stand just to divide the vote, nope simply not true at all. Labour would never do such a thing, horrible rumour.



    • Paul Janik

      19:31, 05 May 2019

      Your rhyming ain't so great. I did better. When UKIP first appeared in Slough, I telephoned and spoke to their regional organiser Chris Adams while he was in the bath at his mother's house. Mr Adams revealed the "Labour connection". Cllr Swinde's determination to win is, some Labour sources say, related to the extra money he gains as Leader, and previous as deputy leader with a keen interest in planning matters. The repeated assertions of red rosette wearers who identify his businessmen friends - all are undoubtedly wealth - might make some curious but not at local newspapers.



    • Paul Janik

      18:54, 05 May 2019

      Come-on be honest. Get real. Cllr Swindle has been doing that for years, first with "Independent" candidates who signed the nomination papers of Labour candidates and then with UKIP who he imported into Slough from Aylesbury. We must give credit to Cllr Swindle for being truthful when he told me more than 10 years go, he always strives to segment the anti-Labour vote.



  • Paul Janik

    19:23, 03 May 2019

    Biased reporting ? Nothing about the parishes .... In Wexham, Independents wiped-out Labour 11-0.



    • be_ transparent

      13:25, 04 May 2019

      It would seem that in Wexham many are waking up to what is going on behind the scenes.



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