Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Friday, 4 May 2018

Election Disaster - Tories surrender to Labour

Dismally weak Conservatives lost 13 and kept 1

Report: Paul Janik

This year's local elections, held yesterday Thursday 3 May 2018, were a democratic disappointment because there is no opposition to Slough Labour.

The pitiful Conservatives, usually boasting of their grandeur and self-importance, again failed to connect with Slough voters.

Slough has 15 wards. 1 had no election (Foxborough), 14 had elections.

Labour won 13. The Tories retained 1, Haymill, held by Tory Group deputy leader Anna Wright.

Labour gained St Mary's, Langley, the seat of Diana Coad (Conservative, then UKIP then Independent).

Labour gained Upton, the seat of previous Tory Leader Wajinder (Wal) Chahal.
There were claims the successful Labour candidate Balvinder Bains told voters he was the father of Conservative councillor, for the same ward, Raymond Bains. Sources say Cllr Raymond Bains already has a father and there is no vacancy for a replacement parent.

Election candidates:

  • 14 : Conservatives
  •   1 : Greens
  •   1 : Independent
  • 14 : Labour
  •   4 : Lib Dems
  •   1 : suspected Labour Party Independent

The Labour Party regularly use Independent candidates to split, and thus reduce, the effectiveness of the anti-Labour vote.

The full results are on the council's web site.

Slough has 42 councillors. Now 35 Labour and 7 Conservatives.