10:43PM, Thursday 12 December 2019
After weeks of campaigners pounding the streets, today is the day the candidates in Slough find out if it was all worth it.
The early general election exit poll has got Boris Johnson's Conservative party on for a clear majority.
But how will that transfer to Slough?
Reporters David Lee and Georgina Bishop are moored up at The Centre to watch all the action unfold.
23:00: It wouldn't be a general election blog without the customary first ballot box picture. The Express reporters missed it as we were stocking up on sugary goods but thankfully photographer Nick Parford was in place to capture the moment.
23.09: Some figures to kick off proceedings. Labour's Tan Dhesi has held the seat since June 2017 where he secured a healthy lead. The votes last time out were:
Labour - 34,170
Conservative - 17,172
Lib Dem - 1308
UKIP - 1228
Independent - 417
Will Tory candidate Kanwal Toor Gill be able to capitalise on the apparent surge in support for Boris Johnson's party?
23.25: Not much sign of this evening's candidates just yet. Here's Aaron Chahal of the Lib Dems keeping a watchful eye.
23.57: Lib Dems candidate Aaron Chahal says his aim is to secure 3rd place and build a base for council elections going forward.
00.48: Labour councillor Rob Anderson is predicting a comfortable victory for Tan Dhesi.
00.51: Turnout figures announced from the emoji queen.
The turnout to the @sbc elections has been announced - 59% turnout and 51,197 votes cast— Georgina Bishop (@GeorginaB_BM) December 13, 2019
01.03: Council says turnout is down compared to general election in 2017.
01.13: Conservative candidate Kanwal Toor Gill has arrived. Can she reclaim a seat which has been red since 1997?
01.40: It's all doom and gloom for the Express reporters covering the Beaconsfield count. Sounds like they'll be going home when the milk starts getting delivered.
The count has now started in Beaconsfield! Really envying my colleagues over in Maidenhead right now...results expected there at 2.30. We’re looking at 4.30 here :(— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) December 13, 2019
01.55: Kanwal Toor Gill at the count. Interview coming up.
02.28: Reporter Georgina Bishop asking Kanwal Toor Gill if she can capitalise on anticipated national success in Slough.
Tory candidate Kanwal Toor Gill on whether her party's national success will lead to a gain in Slough. pic.twitter.com/Ig28YAYQJE— Georgina Bishop (@GeorginaB_BM) December 13, 2019
02.47: Edging closer to a declaration here. Looks like Tan Dhesi is going to retain his seat but question will be whether his majority is significantly reduced.
03.43: The results are in and Tan Dhesi has been re-elected.
Aaron Chahal (Liberal Democrats): 3357
Tan Dhesi (Labour): 29421
Julian Edmonds (Green Party): 1047
Delphine Gray-Fisk (Brexit Party): 1432
Kanwal Toor Gill (Conservatives): 15781
03:54: MP Tan Dhesi celebrates his re-election.
Tan Dhesi and the Slough Labour team celebrate. pic.twitter.com/NtlfQJwTKP— David Lee (@DavidLee_BM) December 13, 2019
Report as Tan Dhesi is re-elected as Slough's MP on a difficult night nationally for the Labour Party.
05.00: That seems a good time to call it a day. Night folks.
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