Although Slough was a Conservative seat until 1997, with demographic and political changes in the last 15 years it has become a fairly solid Labour constituency and Council. With boundary changes, all seats are up on May 22nd rather than its usual election by thirds.
Despite its famous – or infamous – reputation for being a less than desirable town from John Betjeman to David Brent, it nevertheless has a fantastic array of economic investment from Mars, Amazon, O2 and Blackberry.
Slough Council has had a difficult news flow over the last 12 months.
In February it received the first inadequate notice under Ofsted’s new framework, and as a result of the rating, Edward Timpson has instructed a review team from the DfE to be sent in.
In 2013 a reported “maths blunder” turned an outsourcing saving into a £2.7 million bill, and has recently received an audit report that suggests further savings might not be achieved.
But with 34 of the old 41 seats being held by Labour, with five Conservatives, one Independent and one Liberal Democrat the prospects of significant change would appear unlikely.
With the close of nominations, 42 seats are at stake.
Both Labour and Conservatives are running a full slate, UKIP have 33 candidates, but the Liberal Democrats only have five candidates.