Resounding election victory sees Dexter top both polls!

Tory candidate Dexter Smith won a resounding 53% of the votes cast in yesterday’s local election, bucking the national trend, which also saw him returned as a Parish Councillor.

Dexter, a Lecturer at East Berkshire College, was previously Transport Commissioner at Slough Borough Council, and helped to form the Parish Council. He returns to SBC after a 3 year break.

Dexter Jerome Smith (Conservative)

Dexter Jerome Smith (Conservative)

At 37% Colnbrook’s turnout was slightly increased on 2008 and most voters also participated in the first contested election since the Parish Council was set up in 1995.

The hotly contested Parish Council election saw a record 23 candidates stand.   In a major shakeup following the retirement of several long standing councillors, four new faces join the new Parish Council in addition to Dexter: Charles Burke, former secretary of the Colnbrook Community Association, London banker Lesley Jarett, Economics graduate Michael Brenner, and Neelam Verma.

Re-elected were Independent Minds candidates and Parish Council veterans Ray Angell, Peter Hood, Howard Jones, Kishurbhai Laxman, David Macdougald, Mike Nye and Barbara Underhill.  For full details on the results please go to the Slough Borough Council election website.

Dexter Smith was also the highest polling candidate in the Parish election.  The new council meets for the first time on 10th May when it will elect a chairman.

Rumours of irregularities in the election were investigated by the Electoral Fraud department at SBC and Thames Valley Police and dismissed.

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