Four candidates contested the Baylis by-election called to fill the vacancy occasioned by Slough Borough Council officials dismissing the existing councillor Azhar Quershi - read our story
The only strong contenders were Labour's Mohammed Nazir and Conservative's Pervez Choudhry standing as an Independent. The other two, UKIP and a local Independent gained a total of 150 votes.
The result announced at 23:49 was Labour 1,300 and Independent Pervez Choudhry 764. Labour's majority was 536. Turnout was 28.54%.
The vote counting was held in a room called 'Mercury 1' at the council headquarters, St Martin's Place, 51 Bath Road - on the corner of Montem Lane. It was a private event with the public excluded.
Afterwards a very tired looking Cllr Mohammed Nazir told the Slough Times he wanted to thank the voters.
The final days of the election campaign were marked by a letter sent to
candidates by police inspector Andy Young warning them of a police investigation
party workers continued to engage in unspecified
improper conduct. Andy Young's letter told candidates they must
ensure the party workers comply with unspecified
upset one candidate who did not have
Days later an anonymous
sleaze-type leaflet attacking the Labour
candidate was delivered to households in the ward. However Labour still won the
The election results in greater detail are at slough.info/slough/s16/s16ele12.php
Cllr Mohammed Sharif (Labour, Chalvey) sent this comment to the Slough Times:
We believe in a clean campaign, positive points and forward
Baylis ward is predominately occupied by Muslim community. When the
opposition is also from the Muslim community you will see more competitive
elections. This is the reason for yesterday's smaller majority and also odd
by election for a single ward meant lower turnout. Also remember there was
alot of negative propoganda, classic example is a distributed leaflet said
'Labour closes Mosque' and yet people running the Mosque were supporting
The Slough Times understands the mosque mention is called Madni and is located at 1 Granville Avenue, next to the 'Cinder Track' (now tarmacked) linking St Mary's Church, Farnham Royal to St Michel's Chapel in Whitby Road.