I’ve just seen the budget.  I’m not sure what I was expecting – certainly not an end to austerity, despite it being clear it’s failed.  I was hoping to see the government had listened and understood that living standards are being squeezed and people are struggling. I was wrong. Forecasts for growth have been down…

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It’s World Mental Health Day today and I’m sat in a rather lovely room in the Royal College of GPs with my union Unite.   This weekend I was representing Reading in Düsseldorf and last night I was in a meeting as I will be tomorrow and Thursday. I choose to be this busy; being…

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Saturday saw the 14th Reading Pride and it was the biggest ever!  The parade saw 1,500 people march through Reading and 14,000 people passed through the gates of the Pride arena.  It was a fantastic day.  The sun shined and the people of Reading came together to show love unites!  I was a very proud Patron of…

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Today I received the news that two of Reading’s most beautiful and historically important parks had been awarded Green Flag and Green heritage Site awards. Forbury Gardens and Caversham Court Gardens have once again been awarded Green Flag status.  This just confirms what I already knew and that is these parks are wonderful additions to…

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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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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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