Dexter Smith steps down from deputy leadership of Slough Conservatives (in an orderly transition!)

Colnbrook’s Dexter Smith has stepped down from his role has Deputy Leader of Slough Conservatives.  The orderly transition of power contrasts with a major split in Slough Labour following the May elections.


Cllr Dexter Smith has relinquished his role as deputy leader of the local Conservative Party, making way for a new team at the party’s annual meeting on 11th May.

Cllr Wal Chahal (Upton) will remain as leader and Cllr Rayman Bains (Upton), picture above right, replaces Cllr Dexter Smith (Colnbrook with Poyle) as deputy leader.

Over the last few years Cllr Smith had proposed no fewer than eleven motions to councillors although most were rejected by the Labour-dominated council.

Cllr Smith remains a ward and parish councillor.  He told the Annual Parish Meeting in April that he had been able to exploit the double-hatting in opposing SIFE, tackling the dangerous London Road layout changes, responding to the Call for Sites, and promoting a footpath access from the Old Bath Road to Poyle New Cottages.

His Labour counterpart Cllr Avtar Cheema did not attend.

The orderly transition to a new team comes in stark contrast to that of the ruling Labour Party where both the leader and deputy were replaced in a vitriolic contest shortly after May’s election.  While a change in the rules means Cllr Anderson does not need to step down as Leader of the Council until 2018 a vote of no confidence is due to take place tonight in true coup d’état style.Labour councillors, including the new party leader, have claimed that:

  • Councillor Anderson has failed to protect vulnerable children which has resulted in three highly critical Ofsted reports which culminated in Ministerial intervention and the withdrawal of Children’s Services from Slough Borough control and the transfer of these services to a new independent Children’s Services Trust.
  • Councillor Anderson has not acknowledged his accountability for the sustained failure to protect vulnerable children and seems to have been more concerned with the reputation of the management than Child Protection.
  • At a time when the involvement and participation of all Councillors, including Opposition Councillors, was necessary to resolve problems and difficulties, Councillor Anderson has adopted authoritarian control rather than participating in the consultation of operating methods. Thus most Councillors have been isolated and left feeling irrelevant.
  • Councillor Anderson fails consistently to relay the views of the majority of the ruling group on policy matters at Council meetings.

It is not known which faction of the Labour Party Cllr Cheema supports.

The Extraodinary Council Meeting takes place tonight at 7pm.

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