Slough (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Slough in Berkshire
Location of Berkshire within England
|Member of Parliament||Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Eton & Slough, and Beaconsfield|
|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.
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. 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%, with its newly elected member, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, becoming Britain's first turbaned Sikh MP in the 2017 general election.
From 1945 to 1983 most of the area presently covered by this seat was in the Eton and Slough constituency, which was a marginal seat usually held by the Labour Party. The Labour MP from 1950 to 1964 was the 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.
The Slough constituency was created for the 1983 general election from the bulk of the abolished Borough Constituency of Eton and Slough, which contributed 88.2% of the constituency. The remaining northern slice came from the safe Conservative constituency of Beaconsfield.
It currently covers the Borough of Slough, with the exception of the Colnbrook with Poyle ward, which was added to the Windsor constituency after it was created within the Borough of Slough as a result of minor boundary changes involving the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey in 1998.
As of the 2017 general election, the seat is one of two Labour seats from a total of eight seats in Berkshire.
Boundaries and boundary changes
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.
Members of Parliament
|2017||Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
|Conservative||Kanwal Toor Gill|
|Liberal Democrat||Aaron Chahal|
|Labour||Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi|
|Labour||Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi||34,170||62.9||+14.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom McCann||1,308||2.4||-0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Tom McCann||1,275||2.6||−11.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Tucker||6,943||14.5||−2.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Thomas McCann||5,739||15.5||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Keith Kerr||4,109||10.5||+3.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Bushill||3,509||7.4||+0.4|
|Referendum||Terence J. Sharkey||1,124||2.4||N/A|
|Independent||Paul P. Whitmore||277||0.6||N/A|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing|
|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||Martin Creese||153||0.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social Democratic||Michael Goldstone||7,490||13.4||−5.1|
|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
- "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- UK Polling Report, Slough
- 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.
- The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998 (SI 1998/3152).
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
- Slough Conservatives [@SloughTory] (5 October 2019). "Proud to announce @Kanwal4Slough as our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the general election - she offers a breath of fresh air against @TanDhesi and @SloughLabour's failures and divisiveness #Kanwal4Slough #SloughDeservesBetter #TwoFacedTan @JamesCleverly @BorisJohnson" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ""Stop Brexit" says Aaron Chahal, new Lib Dem candidate for Slough". Slough Liberal Democrats. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
- "General election 2017: Slough candidates formally announced as deadline passes". Slough Observer.
- "Slough parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- https://www.slough.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections/2015-general-election-results.aspx 8 July 2015
- "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]