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Speaking with the community in Whitley

24/07/2017

A few dedicated Labour members were once again out on Sunday afternoon speaking with residents about every issue they face as a citizen of our town. Conversations with residents ranged from discussing vacant council properties and drug dealing, to contemplating the pro’s and cons of buying a second hand car the perils of having a…

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A well deserved rest after a morning campaigning

22/07/2017

Woodley and Whitegates Branch Labour Party were out in force today, joined by Matt Rodda MP! After a wet and windy morning campaigning the team enjoyed teas and coffees in Woodley town centre.  

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Cllr Rachel Eden at WhitFest

22/07/2017

Whitfest Posted by Rachel Eden Labour Councillor for Whitley ward on Saturday, 22 July 2017

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Enduring the rain to fight for Reading

22/07/2017

Even in this mornings horrible weather Labour were out all over Reading, talking to residents about the issue that are important to them. Taking a break from his busy life as an MP, Matt Rodda joined a host of Labour members to engage with the community. If you are interested in joining Labour or would…

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Matt Rodda’s Maiden Speech in Parliament

21/07/2017

Matt Rodda has made his maiden speech in Parliament as the MP for Reading East.   Please click here to watch the full speech on Parliament.tv.    Alternatively, please view the full transcript below: Matt Rodda (Reading East) (Lab) I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) and I welcome…

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Heritage Lottery Fund to Reading for their away day

20/07/2017

Reading Borough Council, the University of Reading and Reading UK CIC welcomed a group from the Heritage Lottery Fund to Reading for their away day. The focus of the first half of the day was their new Great Place scheme https://www.greatplacescheme.org.uk.This is the first time they have run the scheme, which is partnered by the…

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Matt Rodda MP attends Mesothelioma Action Day

10/07/2017

READING EAST MP MATT RODDA was honoured to chair the Action Mesothelioma Day event organised by the Berkshire Asbestos Support Group (BASG) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Caversham Bridge on Friday 7 July 2017. Keynote speeches were delivered by Dr Chris Davies a consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Amy Kerr a research nurse with…

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GE17 RDLP Campaign Photo Gallery

26/06/2017
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Whitley Wood Community Centre – Get Together

13/06/2017

Bring a picnic and join our Great Get Together in Whitley Wood Saturday 17 June 12pm-2pm Whitley Wood Community Centre Come along to meet your neighbours. Rain or shine we can go ahead. Children welcome and no charge. We are doing this as part of the Jo Cox Foundation’s Great Get together – we really…

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West Reading Great Get Together – Picnic In The Park!

12/06/2017

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us” – Jo Cox MP In my year as Mayor I met hundreds of people in Reading and got to know about their lives, hobbies, passions and challenges.  I loved Reading before I was mayor but the great people I…

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I bet you never saw that coming!

11/06/2017

Well what an amazing few days we have just witnessed.  I’m happy to admit I went into the general election thinking Labour would hold its own.  I wasn’t expecting the huge losses predicted at the start of the campaign but equally I wasn’t expecting another 30 new Labour MPs, one of whom is the new…

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LABOUR POLICIES SHOULD WIN THROUGH

01/06/2017

It is the height of Tory arrogance for them to call a snap election without having their Manifesto ready for immediate publication.   It is now quite clear that Tory High Command always planned to call this election as soon as Article 50 had been triggered. May has lied and misled for the past 9 months when their strategy…

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Jeremy Corbyn visits Reading

01/06/2017

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, spoke to around 1,000 people at Rivermead Leisure Centre, offering a better future for our community under Labour and warning of the damage another Conservative Government would do to the NHS, schools and other public services. Jeremy Corbyn highlighted Labour’s commitments to invest in the NHS and care for the elderly,…

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Olivia Bailey & Matt Rodda – Statement Regarding the Terror Attack in Manchester Arena

23/05/2017

“We are devastated by the horrendous attack in Manchester. The whole country is grieving for those who have lost their lives, and our thoughts are with their family and friends. We are also thinking about the brave men and women in our emergency services. We must never allow terrorism to divide our communities.”

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Alok Sharma and Rob Wilson: Examining their voting records and effectiveness as representatives for Reading

22/05/2017

Introduction When I set out to write this article I was planning two articles; one for Sharma and the other for Wilson. However, within only a few moments of my research it became very clear that there was no need to write two articles. Sharma and Wilson are identical! With the exception of only a…

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Labour Party Manifesto 2017

16/05/2017
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Labour’s Candidates for General Election 2017

01/05/2017

PRESS RELEASE Reading and District Labour Party are delighted to announce that Labour have selected former Reading East PPC, Cllr Matt Rodda (Katesgrove) to be our Parliamentary candidate in Reading East and Chair of the Labour Women’s Network, Olivia Bailey to be our candidate in Reading West for the 2017 General Election.   Matt Rodda,…

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How socialist solidarity can bring 7 years of Tory turmoil to an end

30/04/2017

WE ARE LIVING in a political age where anything can happen.  Everyone, including the pollsters predicted, predicted that Britain would vote “remain”, thought that Ed Miliband was heading for Downing Street in 2015, and most people believed a Donald Trump Presidency could never happen. Even as I type this, I learn that France’s two largest…

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Government Cuts Force Council Tax Rises

18/04/2017

READING Borough Council is recommending a 4.99% Council Tax increase for next year. It follows repeated and unprecedented cuts in Government funding at a time of huge increases in demand for vital Council services, particularly in social care. This week Surrey County Council agreed on a 15% Council Tax rise – in advance of a…

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Council put pressure on MP’s to act on South Reading’s underfunded health services

18/04/2017

A motion put forward by Cllr Ashley Pearce was unanimously passed by Reading Cllrs at March’s Full Council meeting. The motion pointed out that South Reading was 150th out of 150 CCG’s (clinical commissioning groups) in terms of funding across the UK. It also made clear the unfairness in the health funding gaps across Reading.…

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