At Reading Borough’s full council meeting on Tuesday 23rd February, James Denny (pictured, Labour candidate for Peppard and secretary for Neurodivergent Labour) questioned the lead councillor for education, Ash Pearce on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision for the borough. Cllr Pearce replied that significant investment is being put into SEN capacity, bringing provision closer to…

Read More

Chair, Reading District Labour PartyTrade Union Liaison Officer, Reading District Labour PartyLabour Member of Parliament, Reading EastLabour Councillors, Reading Borough CouncilLabour Prospective Candidates, Reading Borough Council An Open Letter to Terry Barton, Chief Executive, Kingdom Services Group Kingdom Services Group Security Personnel, Royal Berkshire Hospital: Unite the Union Industrial Action Since 14 December 2020, security…

Read More

Reading and District Labour Party stand in solidarity with the asylum seekers in Reading who are demonstrating against their treatment by Clearsprings. Clearsprings has been subcontracted by the Home Office to provide “services” to asylum seekers, including accommodation and support services. In Reading, asylum seekers have been treated with disdain by this company: they are…

Read More

West Reading Councillors want your views on speed limits. Labour councillors in Battle, Kentwood and Norcot wards are launching an on-line survey seeking residents’ views on whether the residential streets off the Oxford Road between Reading West Station and Norcot Roundabout should become a 20mph zone. Currently the limit is 30mph except for sections of…

Read More

LUNCH IS SERVED::  20g of cheese balanced on top of a raw potato, followed by a tin of tomatoes, garnished with a microscopic segment of carrot. (source: Good Law Project) When a photograph of a small quantity of random, incompatible and not very fresh looking food items appeared on Twitter; Chartwell UK, the FTSE 100…

Read More

Join hosts Boubacar Dembele and Charlene Chetty for an evening of music, dance and stories – enjoying music, sharing stories, impacting black lives because they matter.Guests Michaela Jones, Cllr Ayo Sokale, campaigner Glenn Dennis, Syreeta and Syrai, Michael Ogunseye, Sonia Walker and Matt Rodda MP. Caribbean music and Afrobeats.Soca dance lesson by Michaela Jones. Discounts:JB…

Read More
Protesters gather in Forbury Gardens

Several hundred people joined forces to attend a Black Lives Matter event in central Reading on Saturday 13 June. It is the second event in the town marking the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in the US state of Minnesota and was part of a series of national protests…

Read More

Black and Asian members of the Reading and District Labour Party wish to express their outrage over the callous murder of George Floyd which took place on 25 May 2020. This horrific and abominable event is not isolated. It personifies systemic racism and police violence all over the world including here in the UK, on…

Read More
Reading Mutual Care - active in the town and assisting vulnerable people

Covid-19 has prompted Reading residents to band together and form Reading Mutual Care, a major aid group across the town with a number of Labour Party members helping this drive to support their local communities. The group has now been in operation for several weeks. Reading Mutual Care has quickly grown in size with a…

Read More

Voters in Reading East who were hoping for ring-side seats to a pre-election showdown event at the town-centre venue RISC have expressed disappointment a no-show from Tory hopeful Craig Morley. “Morley can’t handle public scrutiny – reminds me of someone else in the Tories,” said one voter who attended Wednesday night’s event. The Conservative’s Reading…

Read More

The Labour Party has pledged to cut nationwide rail fares by 33% in a move that could save the average commuter over £1,000 a year. Reading rail passengers currently pay some of the highest fares in the country with the price per mile into London coming in at 31.8 pence. A recent BBC study has…

Read More

The Labour Party have released uncensored government documents highlighting the risks that US healthcare companies pose to the NHS through potential increases in drug charges. The papers show details from talks between US and UK officials that took place between July 2017 and July 2019 showing that US firms are keen to discuss drug pricing…

Read More

Labour has announced plans to expand 18 Violence Reduction Units in areas where police forces are dealing with high rates of gang-related violent crime. Modelled on a model successfully trialed in Glasgow, the initiative would shift the focus from tackling criminality towards a public health approach to treating violence. Glasgow has seen violent crimes drop…

Read More

Reading East Labour Party canvassers rescued a swan last weekend while door-knocking in Caversham. The bird was found wandering the streets and was returned to safety on the Thames. Matt Rodda – the Labour MP for Reading East – said: “In between doorstep conversations and deliveries today our Caversham team took a break to rescue…

Read More

The Labour Party is preparing to launch its 2019 manifesto and is inviting people to view the document when it is launched in the next few days. The party is seeking to outline significant change to help deliver “concrete improvements to the lives of millions.” At the core of the manifesto will be the goal…

Read More

On Remembrance Sunday Jeremy Corbyn used a video message to support veterans and their families who have faced multiple cutbacks to key services they rely upon. The Labour Party is pledging better pay, better accommodation and better support for veterans and their families. Corbyn stated: “We remember the many brave people from Britain and all…

Read More

The Labour Party has announced an ambitious £1 billion investment plan to reverse savage Tory cuts to the Sure Start programme. Launched originally in 1998 Sure Start is credited with boosting improvements in childcare as well as bolstering early education, health and family support. Labour has dedicated itself to its programme with a series of…

Read More

Craig Morley, the Tory hopeful standing for Reading East, has faced ridicule after he mistakenly posted a picture of the ruins of Melrose Abbey in Scotland rather than Reading Abbey ruins on his homepage. Labour councillor Richard Davies said: “It would be obvious to anyone who had visited Reading Abbey ruins that that picture was…

Read More