EIGHT nominated for Colnbrook with Poyle By-election!

Suggestions that Colnbrook Parish Council risks being “taken over” by Slough Labour should insufficient local candidates not step up have not materialised, following the publication this evening of the list of candidates for next month’s by-election.

Where they live: six of the eight candidates live within the parish; two in other parts of Slough.

Where they live: six of the eight candidates live within the parish; two in other parts of Slough (inset).

With eight candidates confirmed, six from within the parish, interest in local politics appears to be in rude health.  There is also an unusually good spread of candidates throughout the parish – with Brands Hill, Poyle and Colnbrook all represented – and more women candidates have stood than in recent years (although still vastly outnumbered by men).

The involvement of the main parties in parish politics – first seen in the full election in 2015 when Labour nominated six out of sixteen total candidates, and repeated in the by-election in August – appears to have been cemented.  This time around Labour has nominated three, but so have the Conservatives.  The remaining two are both independent.

Conservative ward councillor Dexter Smith appears to have relented on his own insistence that party politics has no role to play at parish level, nominating all three Conservative candidates.

In 2015 an alleged smear campaign by the former chairman resulted in an official rebuke from Slough Borough Council’s monitoring officer, while the by-election that year came after two of the successful Labour candidates claimed they had been “forced off” the parish.  This time the incumbent non-affiliated majority have been more subtle.  Cllr Scott Bryant defended co-option to the Slough Observer, saying:

“If we co-opt, we can receive CVs, interview them, find out more about them. Now we could get someone from outside of the village, who doesn’t know Colnbrook”.

And using a pseudonym, a serving member of Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council posted on these pages last week that fellow councillors would “be happy for the Parish Council to end and SBC [to] take over” should Labour be successful in winning more members.

The Parish Council itself only published a link on its website to details on how to apply to be or nominate a councillor on Sunday night, after the close of nominations on Friday evening.

With such a poor start to the nominations process, the chances of the by-election proceeding on matters of policy alone are slim.  Still, the eight way contest for three seats should help to raise turnout.  The last by-election saw a turnout of just 14.67%.

The full list of candidates, their address, party, and who nominated them is below.

The election will take place on Thursday, 23rd November 2017.

Name Address Party Proposer/ Seconder
Babuta, Anup Kumar Coleridge Crescent, Colnbrook, SL3 0PY Labour Party Candidate SHARANJIT KAUR (P),
Buchanan,  Alistair Park Street, Colnbrook, SL3 0HS Conservative Party DEXTER SMITH (P),
Frewer, Stuart Charles Drift Way, Colnbrook, SL3 0LQ (Independent) CHARLES A BURKE (P), STUART C FREWER (S)
Grewal, Gurdeep Singh Sutton Avenue, Langley, SL3 7AW Labour Party SHARANJIT KAUR (P),
John, Joyce Sherbourne Close, Colnbrook, SL3 0PB Conservative Party DEXTER SMITH (P),
Kaur, Amandeep Broadmark Road, Wexham, Slough, SL2 5PT Labour Party SHARANJIT KAUR (P),
Lever, Olwyn Margaret High Street, Colnbrook, SL3 0LZ (Independent) CHARLES A BURKE (P), LISA M WICKS (S)
Sharma, Aryan London Road, Brands Hill, SL3 8QR Conservative Party DEXTER SMITH (P),


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