Slough is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Fiona Mactaggart, a member of the Labour Party.
1983-1997: The Borough of Slough.
1997-2010: The Borough of Slough wards of Baylis, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham, Farnham, Haymill, Kederminster, Langley St Mary's, Stoke, Upton, and Wexham Lea.
2010-present: The Borough of Slough wards of Baylis and Stoke, Britwell, Central, Chalvey, Cippenham Green, Cippenham Meadows, Farnham, Foxborough, Haymill, Kedermister, Langley St Mary’s, Upton, and Wexham Lea.
The constituency was created in 1983 and covers the Borough of Slough, a unitary authority, in Berkshire, with the exception of one ward.
The former Eton and Slough constituency, which contributed 88.2% of the Slough constituency, was a safe seat for the Labour Party. The remaining northern slice came from the safe Conservative constituency of Beaconsfield.
The Conservatives gained the new Slough seat in 1983, and held it until 1997, when Labour gained the constituency.
Workless claimants stood at 3.9% in November 2012, just 0.1% above the national average, and while lower than all of eastern Kent and the Isle of Wight, statistically significantly greater than the regional average of 2.5%. The borough has one of the largest mixed commercial (company headquarters and manufacturing) estates in Europe and fast rail links to London on the Great Western Main Line, to be bolstered by direct city centre services with Crossrail. The area is also the part of the M4 corridor that is the closest to the capital and London Heathrow Airport.
From 1945 to 1983 most of the area presently covered by this seat was in the Eton and Slough constituency, whose Labour MP from 1950 to 1964 was Fenner Brockway, a radical progressive social democrat, who led in writing on pacifism, prison reform, anti-colonialism and anti-discrimination, and was editor of the Labour Leader, attended talks by the Fabian Society and joined the fledgling Independent Labour Party in 1907.
UKIP originally selected Ken Wight, who was replaced by former Conservative member, Diana Coad.