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 Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (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 by Tan Dhesi, a member of the Labour Party, since the 2017 UK general election.[n 2] Slough had previously been represented since 1997 by Fiona Mactaggart, also of the Labour Party, until she stepped down from politics.

Boundaries[edit]

1983–1997: The Borough of Slough.

1997–2010: The Borough of Slough wards of Baylis, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham, Farnham, Haymill, Kederminster, Langley St Mary's, Stoke, Upton, and Wexham Lea.

2010–present: The Borough of Slough wards of Baylis and Stoke, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham Green, Cippenham Meadows, Farnham, Foxborough, Haymill, Kedermister, Langley St Mary’s, Upton, and Wexham Lea.

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 marginal seat usually held by 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. The seat has a large Asian population with Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities, and less than half of the seat's population is White. It has one of the highest proportions of Sikh residents of any seat outside of London and the metropolitan West Midlands at 10%,[3] with its newly elected member, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, becoming Britain's first turbaned Sikh MP in the 2017 general election.[4]

History[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 veteran politician Fenner Brockway, a radical progressive social democrat, who led in writing on pacifism, prison reform, anti-colonialism and anti-discrimination, was editor of the Labour Leader, attended talks by the Fabian Society and had joined the fledgling Independent Labour Party in 1907.

As of the 2017 general election, the seat is one of two Labour seats from a total of eight seats in Berkshire.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party
1983 John Watts Conservative
1997 Fiona Mactaggart Labour
2017 Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Labour

Elections[edit]

1980s1990s2000s

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Slough[6] [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi 34,170 62.9 +14.4
Conservative Mark Vivis 17,172 31.6 -1.7
Liberal Democrat Tom McCann 1,308 2.4 -0.2
UKIP Karen Perez 1,228 2.3 -10.7
Independent Paul Janik 417 0.8 +0.8
Majority 16,998 31.3 +16.1
Turnout 54,295 65.4 +9.5
Labour hold Swing +8.0


General Election 2015: Slough[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Fiona Mactaggart 23,421 48.5 +2.7
Conservative Gurcharan Singh 16,085 33.3 −1.0
UKIP Diana Coad 6,274 13.0 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Tom McCann 1,275 2.6 −11.9
Green Julian Edmonds 1,220 2.5 +1.4
Majority 7,336 15.2 +3.6
Turnout 48,275 55.9 −6.0
Labour hold Swing +1.8
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 -9.6
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 -10.9
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 +4.7
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 Terence J. Sharkey 1,124 2.4 N/A
Independent Paul P. Whitmore 277 0.6 N/A
Majority 13,071 27.4 N/A
Turnout 47,732 67.9 −10.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Slough[10]
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 Martin Creese 153 0.3 N/A
Independent Elizabeth 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 Democratic Michael 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 Democratic 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. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  3. ^ UK Polling Report, Slough
  4. ^ Basu, Indrani (9 June 2017). "How Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Became UK's First Turbaned Sikh Member Of Parliament". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
  6. ^ "General election 2017: Slough candidates formally announced as deadline passes". Slough Observer. 
  7. ^ "Slough parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ https://www.slough.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections/2015-general-election-results.aspx 8 July 2015
  10. ^ "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