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Stop Van Tool Theft

    I am supporting the campaign by local trades people who are calling for action to stop tool theft from vans, which is an increasing problem. Theft from commercial vehicles has a huge impact on tradespeople and small businesses in Reading. Not only is there a high cost in time and money to replace tools…

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Reading West Selection: Meet the Candidates

The selection committee have shortlisted 3 candidates to stand in the selection process to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West. The 3 candidates are as follows: Rachel Eden Rebecca Geach Sarah Hacker Today an event was held to give Reading West Labour Members the chance to meet with the three candidates and ask…

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Budget 2017: 4 views from Reading Labour

Hammond’s Crumbs from the Table by Councillor Ash Pearce   The Budget – A lost opportunity to Improve Lives by Councillor Sarah Hacker   A Let Down Budget – Not Even Meeting Low Expectations by Councillor Rachel Eden   The Budget Verdict: Thanks for the ‘Millennial Railcard’ but Owning Our Own Home One Day Would…

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New Members Welcome Reception

It was fantastic to see a good mix of long time members and some new members chatting and getting to know each other at our new members welcome reception.   The event kicked off with informal networking and the opportunity to speak with Matt Rodda MP, lead Councillors, some of our newly selected candidates for…

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Tackling loneliness in Reading

Today the Red Cross issued a report praising Reading’s Health and Wellbeing board’s approach to tackling loneliness and social isolation.   I’m proud that we’re prioritising this and of the work that we’re doing in Reading as a town to make our town a friendly place. There are all sorts of reasons people might be lonely…

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Jeremy Corbyn visits Reading

Two thousand eight hundred and seventy seven votes is all we need and I’m gonna do pretty much anything I can to make sure we get there. Which is why I am walking a dog in Whitley Wood. Ruby is a fantastic old girl and very likely to lick the face right off you so…

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Spiritual Home For The Black Community In Reading

Reading Black Community   It’s hard to walk or drive through Reading town centre without noticing that black history mural. It’s a strong symbol of the black community, our history and our contribution to this town. Last week, we sat in a community meeting and listened to passionate speeches about the mural and Central Club.…

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Speaking with the community in Whitley

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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Enduring the rain to fight for Reading

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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Heritage Lottery Fund to Reading for their away day

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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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Matt Rodda MP attends Mesothelioma Action Day

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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I bet you never saw that coming!

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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