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Christine Borgars RIP

Christine passed away on August 12th at around 6 pm, she was 75. She passed peacefully and shared her last moments with David her friend of 50 years. Her last few weeks were filled with messages of love and support from many, many people in the Reading area and beyond. For the majority of Christine’s…

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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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Tory Health Care Crisis

The government’s Strategic Transformation Plan for the NHS in our area will cut £500 million of funding from NHS services. This winter’s NHS crisis has again exposed the extent to which vital health services are being starved of funds by the Tory government. In December, Royal Berks Hospital’s A&E waiting times hit their worst ever…

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Reading Schools Improving Despite National Cuts

Reading Labour is continuing its work with all our schools to en-sure they are delivering for the town’s children. In 2017 the town’s secondary schools matched or bettered their GCSE results from the previous year, while primary schools shot up 80 places in the national league tables with improved Key Stage 2 results. Work to…

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Local Services Hit By Tory Cuts

The savage Tory cuts to local council grants has hit Labour-run Reading harder than our neighbouring Tory councils. Reading has lost more than twice as much money per person than Wokingham. The Tory government are continuing their unjustified and savage cuts to local authority budgets. Funding has been slashed in Reading by £237 per resident,…

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Reading Labour Tackling Tory Housing Failures

The Tory government has broken Britain’s housing market. Average house prices in Reading are over £300,000 and average monthly rent is upwards of £1,000. The Tories have also severely restricted the ability of local councils to build new homes. This has led to an unsustainable situation, resulting in homelessness rates rising nationally and a generation being…

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“Rogue Landlords” to be tackled in new Housing Bill

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda addressed the House during the second reading debate of the ‘Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19’ brought by the Labour MP for Westminster North, Karen Buck. The Bill is set to provide amendments to the current Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 which requires that…

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Hammond’s crumbs from the table

The crumbs from the budget table. That’s what I thought when listening to the budget delivered by the robotic spreadsheet known as Philip Hammond. First all of the Macro (big stuff). Erm, well it’s bad. Economic growth (what the country produces) forecasts were out. Well out. In fact they will be a quarter worse than…

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The Budget – A Lost Opportunity to Improve Lives

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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A Let Down Budget

A let down budget – not even meeting low expectations It shouldn’t have been hard for today’s budget to exceed expectations – given the mess this government is in they were incredibly low, and given Philip Hammond’s reputation he should have been able to promise some support. I was following the announcements hoping for relief for…

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The Budget Verdict

The budget verdict: thanks for the ‘millennial railcard’ but owning our own home one day would be nice This Wednesday the Chancellor of Exchequer Philip Hammond (AKA spreadsheet Phil) gave his annual budget. With the Resolution Foundation saying millennials are the first generation in modern times to be worse off than their parents, it seemed…

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Nationalisation and Tory profiteering

I was interested to read Newbury MP Richard Benyon’s comment piece in this week’s Reading Chronicle. It would appear Mr Benyon is not a fan of nationalising industries. I won’t bore you with graphs, talk of natural monopolies, dynamic efficiency and elasticities. Instead I will just point out some facts and inaccuracies Mr Benyon appears…

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World mental health day – yes it is political

Today is World Mental Health Day and later in the week I’ll be speaking at two community events to help break down the stigma associated with discussing our mental health.   However we also need to make sure that we reflect this in the work place, including our public services. We all know that workers…

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Glaring Need for Council Housing

My first reaction to hearing that Theresa May plans to talk about needing to increase council house building in her speech today was a hollow laugh. Throughout the general election campaign housing and the glaring need for council housing came up in my home of Reading West and in the seat I was lucky to…

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Celebrating Older People’s Day

I was glad to speak to Thames Valley TV today about how we’ll be celebrating Older People’s Day in Reading.  Older people make a tremendous contribution to the local community.   We hold an annual event that aims to celebrate these achievements and offer residents a chance to try a variety of fun and interesting…

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Green flags flying across the town

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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