09:55AM, Friday 06 May 2022
MP Tan Dhesi with members of the Slough Labour Party
We'll be bringing you live updates from the count for the 2022 local elections in Slough.
A total of 14 seats are up for grabs on Slough Borough Council. The Labour-run local authority has faced an extremely difficult year which has seen the council plunged into a financial crisis.
Thursday's vote gave residents a chance to give their verdict on the council's elected representatives.
Leader of the Slough Conservatives Dexter Smith has vowed to fight on after the Tories took one seat from Labour at today's election.
He added to the Express: "Labour’s bankrupted this town, and we would make different choices, and the people of Slough can trust that we are here to stay, we are making grounds and we intend to fight to take the administration in 2023."
Reporter Kieran Bell caught up with leader of the council James Swindlehurst (Labour), who gave his thoughts after the party fought off a Tory challenge to take 12 of the 14 seats up for grabs.
I asked Cllr Swindlehurst for his thoughts after residents put their faith in the party again, despite the year of financial turmoil: pic.twitter.com/ErbFpZ0bJ6— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) May 6, 2022
"It proves nothing has really changed despite all the issues in the town and nationally. We're very pleased with the results to have 12 out of the 14 seats back in Labour's hands," he said.
1.50pm: The election of Puja Bedi in Colnbrook with Poyle was the only gain made by the Slough Conservatives.
1.45pm: Members of Slough Labour were joined by the town's MP Tan Dhesi at today's count
1.02pm: Result - Langley St Mary's (Labour HOLD)
Christine Bamigbola (Conservative) - 902
Julian Edmonds (Green Party) - 224
Jibril Hassan (Independent) - 147
Harjinder Minhas (Labour) - 1,007
1pm: Result - Britwell and Northborough (Labour HOLD)
Rob Anderson (Labour) - 1,128
Teresa Fletcher (Conservative) - 419
12.57pm: Result - Upton (Labour HOLD)
Balvinder Bains (Labour) - 1,210
Josephine Hanney (Liberal Democrats) - 335
Neel Rana (Conservative) - 714
12.55pm: Result - Chalvey (Labour HOLD)
Shaida Akbar (Labour) - 1,209
Sridhar Bachu (Green Party) - 210
Ivon Sampson (Conservative) - 212
12.54pm: Result - Cippenham Green (Labour HOLD)
Roger Davis (Labour) - 1,022
Mherunisa Hussain (Conservative) - 593
Nick Smith (Heritage Party) - 138
12.45pm: Result - Wexham Lea (Labour HOLD)
Mubashir Ahmed (Conservative) - 968
Haqeeq Dar (Labour) - 1,023
12.41pm: Result - Cippenham Meadows (Labour HOLD)
Michelle Little (Conservative) - 401
Dilbagh Parmar (Labour) - 1,036
Matthew Taylor (Liberal Democrats) - 441
12.33pm: Result - Baylis and Stoke (Labour HOLD)
Osa-Samson Isere (Conservative) - 240
Fiza Matloob (Laboour) - 1,912
12.32pm: Result - Haymill and Lynch Hill (Conservative HOLD)
Catharine Parkes (Liberal Democrats) - 308
Anna Wright (Conservatives) - 872
Mohammed Zarait (Labour) - 686
12.30pm: Result - Langley Kedermister (Labour HOLD)
Preston Brooker (Labour) - 850
Sharon O'Reilly (Conservatives) - 695
Dawinderpal Sahota (Independent) - 295
Tammer Salem (Green Party) - 91
12.24pm: Result - Elliman (Labour HOLD)
Amjad Abbasi (Liberal Democrats) 502
Mushtaq Malik (Labour) - 830
Gurnail Ruprah (Conservative) - 315
12.11pm: Announcements rolling in thick and fast here at Slough Council's HQ...
You wait around for the announcement of results and two come along like Slough buses. Resounding wins for Labour in Farnham and Central wards.— David Lee (@DavidLee_BM) May 6, 2022
12.07pm: Result: Central (Labour HOLD)
Safdar Ali (LAB) - 1,151
Tom King (Independent) - 387
Gurcharan Manku (CON) - 368
12.02pm: Result: Farnham (Labour HOLD)
Dr Aman Grewal (CON) - 529
Muhammad Sabah (LAB) - 1,168
11.50am: Newly elected Tory councillor for Colnbrook with Poyle Puja Bedi: "Voters have realised we need to break the mould, there is a need for change."
11.41am: The first result is in and it's a GAIN for the Conservatives.
Result: Colnbrook with Poyle (CON GAIN)
Puja Bedi (CON) - 661
Avtar Cheema (LAB) - 619
11.33am: Council leader James Swindlehurst admits its been a tough year for the Labour-run local authority but is still hopeful of winning at least 10 seats in today's count.
Council leader @SloughCouncil James Swindlehurst gives his verdict on a tough year for the Labour-run council and the impact the financial crisis could have on this years vote #LocalElections2022 pic.twitter.com/LxghpF9UBj— David Lee (@DavidLee_BM) May 6, 2022
10:53am: Cabinet member for finance, Cllr Rob Anderson (Labour) says that while there could be ‘some tight calls’ in some seats, he was ‘fairly confident’ there would not be a great deal of change in the make-up of Slough Council, despite a tough financial year for the authority.
He added that this year's turn-out is 'fairly low'. This is standard across the country, Cllr Anderson said.
Cabinet member for finance, Cllr Rob Anderson (Labour) says that while there ‘may be one or two seats where there is some tight calls’, he was ‘fairly confident’ there would not be much change in @SloughCouncil despite a calamitous financial year for the authority. pic.twitter.com/sJERqvRnNu— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) May 6, 2022
10.35am: Slough Conservatives leader Dexter Smith says Labour have been the 'architects of the disaster that is facing Slough'. Councillor Smith has given his verdict on what would mark a successful day for the opposition group...
Tory leader Dexter Smith: “36 of the last 40 years have been under Labour control. They are the architects of the disaster that is now facing Slough.” pic.twitter.com/GQXPuiqxKW— David Lee (@DavidLee_BM) May 6, 2022
10.07am: Counting is underway here at Observatory House and reporters Kieran Bell and David Lee are on the pristine white fifth floor waiting for the electoral action.
I’m at the Slough local elections this morning with @DavidLee_BM We’re at the top of the council’s HQ in Windsor Road where the count has got underway. No Red Bulls needed this year as the count is taking place during the day, so running on a modest 7 hours sleep. pic.twitter.com/gysdoDFub6— Kieran Bell (@KieranB_BM) May 6, 2022
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