Slough (UK Parliament constituency)

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Slough
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Slough in Berkshire.
Outline map
Location of Berkshire within England.
County Berkshire
Electorate 81,327 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Fiona Mactaggart (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Eton & Slough, and Beaconsfield
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency South East England

Slough is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Fiona Mactaggart, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 and covers the Borough of Slough, a unitary authority, in Berkshire, with the exception of one ward.

The former Eton and Slough constituency, which contributed 88.2% of the Slough constituency, was a safe seat for the Labour Party. The remaining northern slice came from the safe Conservative constituency of Beaconsfield.

Constituency profile[edit]

The Conservatives gained the new Slough seat in 1983, and held it until 1997, when Labour gained the constituency.

Workless claimants stood at 3.9% in November 2012, just 0.1% above the national average, and while lower than all of eastern Kent and the Isle of Wight, statistically significantly greater than the regional average of 2.5%.[2] The borough has one of the largest mixed commercial (company headquarters and manufacturing) estates in Europe and fast rail links to London on the Great Western Main Line, to be bolstered by direct city centre services with Crossrail. The area is also the part of the M4 corridor that is the closest to the capital and London Heathrow Airport.

History[edit]

Prominent members[edit]

From 1945 to 1983 most of the area presently covered by this seat was in the Eton and Slough constituency, whose Labour MP from 1950 to 1964 was Fenner Brockway, a radical progressive social democrat, who led in writing on pacifism, prison reform, anti-colonialism and anti-discrimination, and was editor of the Labour Leader, attended talks by the Fabian Society and joined the fledgling Independent Labour Party in 1907.

History of boundaries[edit]

1983–1997

The constituency comprised the whole Borough of Slough as it existed in 1983.[3] The borough grew in 1995 with the addition of the Colnbrook area formerly in Buckinghamshire and the Poyle area formerly in Surrey.[4] This change did not affect the Slough parliamentary boundary.

1997–2010

The constituency comprised twelve of the thirteen wards existing in 1995: Baylis, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham, Farnham, Haymill, Kederminster, Langley St. Mary's, Stoke, Upton and Wexham Lea. The remaining ward, Foxborough, formed part of Windsor County Constituency.[5] In 2004 the borough was divided into fourteen wards with altered boundaries.[6] No changes were made to the parliamentary boundaries until 2010. The wards wholly in the Slough constituency were Baylis and Stoke, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham Green, Cippenham Meadows, Farnham, Haymill, Upton and Wexham Lea. Three mostly Langley wards: Foxborough, Kedermister and Langley St Mary's were split between the Slough and Windsor constituencies, while the entire Colnbrook with Poyle was also placed in Windsor for parliamentary purposes.

2010–present

The seat comprises 13 of the 14 wards of the Borough of Slough:

  • Baylis and Stoke, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham Green, Cippenham Meadows, Farnham, Foxborough, Haymill, Kedermister, Langley St Mary's, Upton and Wexham Lea.[7]

Colnbrook with Poyle ward remains within the Windsor constituency.[7]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[8] Party
1983 John Watts Conservative
1997 Fiona Mactaggart Labour

Elections[edit]

1980s1990s2000s

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fiona Mactaggart 21,884 45.8 −0.4
Conservative Diana Coad 16,361 34.3 +7.9
Liberal Democrat Chris Tucker 6,943 14.5 −2.2
UKIP Peter Mason-Apps 1,517 3.2 −0.5
Green Miriam Kennet 542 1.1 −0.9
Christian Sunil Chaudhary 495 1.0 N/A
Majority 5,523 11.6
Turnout 47,742 61.9 +8.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fiona Mactaggart 17,517 47.2 −11.1
Conservative Sheila Gunn 9,666 26.1 −0.1
Liberal Democrat Thomas McCann 5,739 15.5 +5.0
Respect Ajaz Khan 1,632 4.4 N/A
UKIP Geoff Howard 1,415 3.8 +1.9
Green David Wood 759 2.0 N/A
Independent Paul Janik 367 1.0 N/A
Majority 7,851 21.2
Turnout 37,095 50.5 −2.9
Labour hold Swing −5.5
General Election 2001: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fiona Mactaggart 22,718 58.3 +1.6
Conservative Diana Coad 10,210 26.2 −3.1
Liberal Democrat Keith Kerr 4,109 10.5 +3.2
Independent Tony Haines 859 2.2 +1.6
UKIP John Lane 738 1.9 N/A
Independent Choudry Nazir 364 0.9 N/A
Majority 12,508 32.1
Turnout 38,998 53.4 −14.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fiona Mactaggart 27,029 56.6 +12.9
Conservative Peta Buscombe 13,958 29.2 −15.4
Liberal Democrat Chris Bushill 3,509 7.4 +0.4
Liberal Anne Bradshaw 1,835 3.8 +1.3
Referendum Party Terence J. Sharkey 1,124 2.4 N/A
Independent Paul P. Whitmore 277 0.6 N/A
Majority 13,071 27.4
Turnout 47,732 67.9 −10.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Slough[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watts 25,793 44.6 −2.3
Labour Eddie Lopez 25,279 43.7 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Peter Mapp 4,041 7.0 −6.4
Liberal John Clark 1,426 2.5 N/A
Independent Labour Declan Alford 699 1.2 N/A
National Front Andy Carmichael 290 0.5 N/A
Natural Law M.R. Creese 153 0.3 N/A
Independent Ms Elizabeth A. Smith 134 0.2 N/A
Majority 514 0.9 −6.5
Turnout 57,815 78.0 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing −3.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watts 26,166 47.0 +4.1
Labour Eddie Lopez 22,076 39.6 +2.7
Social Democrat M. Goldstone 7,490 13.4 −5.1
Majority 4,090 7.4 +1.4
Turnout 55,732 75.9 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Slough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Watts 22,064 42.9 +4.3
Labour Joan Lestor 18,958 36.9 −6.7
Social Democrat Nicholas Bosanquet 9,519 18.5 +7.2
National Front Graham John 528 1.0 N/A
Ecology Ian Flindall 325 0.6 N/A
Majority 3,106 6.0 N/A
Turnout 51,394 71.5 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417)
  4. ^ "The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1994 (S.I 1994/330)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/1626)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Borough of Slough (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.!. 2002/2600)". Legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/1681)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  9. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

Sources[edit]

  • British Parliamentary Constituencies, A Statistical Compendium, by Ivor Crewe and Anthony Fox (Faber and Faber 1984).
  • Official list of candidates nominated 2010 Slough Borough Council website accessed 21 April 2010

External links[edit]

  • [1] The Boundary Committee for England page about Slough Unitary Authority, with links to pre and post 2004 ward maps[dead link]

Coordinates: 51°30′43″N 0°35′31″W / 51.512°N 0.592°W / 51.512; -0.592