Slough (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Slough in Berkshire.
Location of Berkshire within England.
|Electorate||81,327 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Fiona Mactaggart (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Eton & Slough, and Beaconsfield|
|European Parliament constituency||South East England|
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.
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%. 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.
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
The constituency comprised the whole Borough of Slough as it existed in 1983. The borough grew in 1995 with the addition of the Colnbrook area formerly in Buckinghamshire and the Poyle area formerly in Surrey. This change did not affect the Slough parliamentary boundary.
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. In 2004 the borough was divided into fourteen wards with altered boundaries. 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.
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.
In 2014 there was a boundary review with creation of a new Ward Elliman. Therefore the wards are Baylis and Stoke, Britwell and Northborough, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham Green, Cippenham Meadows, Farnham, Foxborough, Haymill and Lynch Hill, Kedermister, Langley St. Mary's, Upton and Wexham Lea.
Colnbrook with Poyle ward remains within the Windsor constituency.
Members of Parliament
|1983||John Arthur Watts||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Slough |
|General Election 2010: Slough|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Tucker||6,943||14.5||−2.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Slough|
|Liberal Democrat||Thomas McCann||5,739||15.5||+5.0|
|General Election 2001: Slough|
|Liberal Democrat||Keith Kerr||4,109||10.5||+3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Slough|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Bushill||3,509||7.4||+0.4|
|Referendum Party||Terence J. Sharkey||1,124||2.4||N/A|
|Independent||Paul P. Whitmore||277||0.6||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|General Election 1992: Slough|
|Conservative||John Arthur Watts||25,793||44.6||−2.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Mapp||4,041||7.0||−6.4|
|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|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Slough|
|Conservative||John Arthur Watts||26,166||47.0||+4.1|
|Social Democratic||Michael Goldstone||7,490||13.4||−5.1|
|General Election 1983: Slough|
|Conservative||John Arthur Watts||22,064||42.9||+4.3|
|Social Democratic||Nicholas Bosanquet||9,519||18.5||+7.2|
|National Front||Graham John||528||1.0||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Berkshire
- Slough Borough Council includes historical information about wards and local elections
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417)
- "The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey (County Boundaries) Order 1994 (S.I 1994/330)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/1626)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "The Borough of Slough (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (S.!. 2002/2600)". Legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/1681)". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- 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
-  The Boundary Committee for England page about Slough Unitary Authority, with links to pre and post 2004 ward maps[dead link]