Slough

2015 Result:
Conservative: 16085 (33.3%)
Labour: 23421 (48.5%)
Lib Dem: 1275 (2.6%)
Green: 1220 (2.5%)
UKIP: 6274 (13%)
MAJORITY: 7336 (15.2%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: South East, Berkshire. Most of Slough council area.

Main population centres: Slough.

Profile: Slough is a much maligned town to the west of London, associated with Sir John Betjeman`s "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough" and, more recently, the Office`s David Brent. It is a business hub that grew up around the world`s first industrial estate between the wars and ballooned through post-war overspill development. It remains a major business centre, companies based here include Mars, Nintendo, Black and Decker, Amazon, CItroen and ICI`s Dulux paints factory. Industry and business have attracted immigration and it is a highly diverse seat. Over half the population are from ethnic minorities, mostly Asian, and there is also a sizable Polish community. Slough has one of the highest proportions of Sikh residents of any seat outside of London and the metropolitan West Midlands.

Politics: Slough is one of Labour`s most reliable seats in the South-East, and one of only four they managed to hold onto there at the 2015 election. Slough was won by the Conservatives in the 1980s, but swung decisively to Labour in 1997 and has remained there since.


Current MP
FIONA MACTAGGART (Labour) Born 1953, Glasgow, the daughter of a Conservative millionaire property developer. Educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and Kings College London. Former teacher, lecturer and Chair of Liberty. Wandsworth councillor 1986-90. First elected as MP for Slough in 1997. PPS to Chris Smith 1997-2001, Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office 2003-06. A sufferer of multiple sclerosis herself she is a strong supporter of stem cell research.
Past Results
2010
Con: 16361 (34%)
Lab: 21884 (46%)
LDem: 6943 (15%)
UKIP: 1517 (3%)
Oth: 1037 (2%)
MAJ: 5523 (12%)
2005*
Con: 9666 (26%)
Lab: 17517 (47%)
LDem: 5739 (15%)
UKIP: 1415 (4%)
Oth: 2758 (7%)
MAJ: 7851 (21%)
2001
Con: 10210 (26%)
Lab: 22718 (58%)
LDem: 4109 (11%)
UKIP: 738 (2%)
Oth: 1223 (3%)
MAJ: 12508 (32%)
1997
Con: 13958 (29%)
Lab: 27029 (57%)
LDem: 3509 (7%)
Oth: 2112 (4%)
MAJ: 13071 (27%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
GURCHARAN SINGH (Conservative) Born 1948, Punjab. Educated at Meerut University. Former British Rail guard, tax officer and hotelier. Ealing councillor since 1982, originally elected for the Labour party. Contested Ealing Southall 2010. Defected to the Conservative party during the 2007 Ealing Southall by-election campaign.
FIONA MACTAGGART (Labour) See above.
TOM MCCANN (Liberal Democrat) Contested Hampshire North West 2010.
DIANA COAD*** (UKIP) Born London. Educated at Plaistow Grammar. Former sales executive. Slough councillor since 2006. Contested Slough 2001, Stourbridge 2005, Slough 2010 for the Conservatives.
JULIAN EDMONDS (Green)
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Comments - 169 Responses on “Slough”
  1. I think with Luton North Kelvin Hopkins has been a really good MP and would win regardless of what the demographics were

  2. Any idea who Labour are interviewing for Slough? It has the highest Sikh population in the country and there are no Sikh MPs. Hopefully some Sikhs shortlisted for Slough. If not Labour will be heavily criticised.

  3. Lab have selected Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi as their PPC here, he was Labs PPC in Gravesham at the last election and managed the only halfway decent result for Lab in North Kent achieving a small swing to Lab.

    As an aside as far as I’m aware (correct me If I’m wrong) if elected he’ll be the first MP to regularly wear a turban…I imagine Katie Hopkins will be “thrilled” at that development XD

  4. Judging from his photo on here, if Gurcharan Singh is readopted and wins he would be as well.

  5. Election of a Sikh MP is long overdue, so a welcome selection… the seat will be close

  6. Tom McCann will be the Liberal Democrat candidate again in Slough.

  7. Paul Uppal is a Sikh and was Conservative MP for Wolverhampton SW between 2010 and 2015. He will likely be returned there again.

    In Slough it remains to be seen whether this selection helps Labour or whether a sectarian faction fight breaks out.

    Slough is much more similar to West London seats like Feltham and Heston and Ealing North or Southall than its neighbouring Conservative strong holds.

    On current polling Slough would be one of the most marginal seats in the country.

  8. If Labour lose here it will be a disaster for them.

  9. ”I think with Luton North Kelvin Hopkins has been a really good MP and would win regardless of what the demographics were”

    @Matt

    So if Luton North had the same demographics as Maidenhead you think he’d still win? 😉

    On a more serious note even MPs who are considered ‘really good’ and are popular locally often get swept out in national tides just ask the Lib Dems or the Tories in ’97. Nevertheless Hopkins should win but not because of any local reputation but because Luton North is too Labour for the Tories to win (probably).

  10. I wonder if Slough being next door to May’s constituency might help the Tories a bit here.

    I don’t think we can rule out a Tory gain here – though this is a very ethnic seat nowadays it is also a fairly prosperous one with low unemployment, and about 40% of the Asian population is hindu or Sikh, groups which I expect will be quite favourable to the Tories this time when faced with the alternative of Corbyn’s left-wing economic stance and closeness to muslim groups.

  11. H Hemmlig,

    You can walk from the centre of Maidenhaed to the centre of Slough in about 90 minutes – and sometimes party leaders appear to generate a sub-regional boost (Cameron in Oxfordshire in 2010) but …

    Based from a distant family member who lives in Maidenhead, I’m pretty clear that those who live there do not associate themselves with Slough and I strongly suspect the feeling is mutual.

  12. StephenPT is right.

    I am afraid Slough is a world away from Maidenhead. Many people living in Maidenhead will have moved from Slough, few go the other way.

    As I have written before Slough is more like an outer west London borough than the suburban and semi-rural seats around it.

    In the 1980’s Beaconsfield and Windsor Conservatives helped keep John Watts elected in Slough. There is no concerted effort to help now. Maidenhead Conservative Party members are unlikely to bother with Slough and if they venture outside their constituency will go to London seats.

  13. The Labour candidate here was today elected to Kent County Council.

  14. That shows a remarkable lack of confidence. Surely – SURELY – Labour must be confident of holding this seat? So why would you contest a council seat just a month before the election?

  15. Nominations closed for the County Council before he was selected last week for this seat.

  16. Rivers10 – you’re probably right re the Commons although a Peer wears a turban.

    No idea why you think Hopkins or indeed anyone would object to a Sikh wearing their headdress. After all Bishops wear their robes in the Lords.

  17. Incidentally, the Tory PPC is not the Sikh man pictured above and I’m not surprised as he’d now be 69.

    The Tory candidate this time is Mark Vivis, a Buckinghamshire Cllr and intellectual property lawyer so that probably tells you that they’re not targeting the seat.

  18. Visited Slough for the first time on Sunday! Didn’t visit the town centre but spent my time in the suburb of Langley. Very mixed area – contains everything from rundown council estates to large 1930’s detached houses.

    Saw 6 Tan Dhesi/Labour posters in Langley. Didn’t see one Mark Vivis/Conservative poster! 2 of the 6 Tan Dhesi/Labour posters were displayed outside large 1930’s detached houses in a very leafy street.

    I wrote a post on here a few weeks ago predicting the Tories would gain this seat. After visiting this seat , I now predict this will be a definite Labour hold regardless of national results for the party. I think Slough is now a safe Labour seat.

  19. Slough is now ‘the best place to work and live in the UK’.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-41351549

    John Betjeman presumably turning in his grave….

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