Labour tops poll but political colour remains unchanged in Colnbrook
Dexter Smith and Avtar Kaur Cheema were elected as ward councillors yesterday in a Local Election result that left the political colours unchanged in Colnbrook.
Incumbent Conservative councillor Dexter Smith was reelected with a significantly dented vote. In 2011 when he was last elected he won 767 votes. This time around he managed just 473, in a very close run race for second place.
First place went to new Parish Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema who won with 622 votes for Labour, effectively replacing Cllr James Walsh who stepped down.
Turnout at 33% was slightly better than 2012’s 31% but down on 2011’s 37%
|Avtar KAUR CHEEMA||Labour Party Candidate||622|
|Josiah Njore KIMANI||Labour Party Candidate||413|
|Julia Thomson LONG||Conservative Party Candidate||403|
|Dexter Jerome SMITH||Conservative Party Candidate||473|
Topping the local poll with 39% of the vote there appears to have been no backlash against ruling Labour for its handling of the flood crisis or for its support for Heathrow.
And across the borough Labour received not so much as a bloody nose, maybe just a smacked hand, for its mismanagement of an outsourcing deal last year and damning OFSTED report. It lost four seats in total, 3 to the Conservatives and 1 to UKIP, giving the latter its first councillor in the borough.
The Conservatives took 33% of the local vote, against 29% nationwide. But it won’t be lost on Cllr Smith that had the local government boundary changes not been successfully resisted in 2011, the proposed Colnbrook & Langley East ward may have cost him his seat. Colnbrook with Poyle is now vastly over-represented compared to other wards in Slough.
Slough Borough Council now comprises 38 Labour councillors, 8 Conservatives and 1 UKIP – leaving Labour with no effective opposition.
Within Colnbrook UKIP managed 15% of the vote, against 17% nationally. Meanwhile Independent candidates Rakesh Pabbi and Aarti Joshi’s aspirations barely registered with the voters, despite offering the most local of campaign pledges. Voters appear to be unwilling to give Mr Pabbi another chance.
Across Slough 127 candidates stood for election. Labour took 57% of votes cast in the borough, to the Conservative’s 28%, and UKIP’s 16%. The LibDems contested only 3 wards, receiving only 1% of the vote. Opposition parties have a very long way to go.