Reclaim the Streets doorstep vigil tonight

Women should be safe to walk our streets however the events of this week, and the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, have shown this is not the case. We have been deeply saddened by Sarah’s death and the stories women across the UK and Reading have shared highlighting the danger and harassment they face everyday.…

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Happy International Women’s Day!

On International Women’s Day we reaffirm our pledge to stand in solidarity with women in our neighbourhoods, in Reading and beyond. We thank all our supporters, community activists, trade unionists, members and councillors who #ChooseToChallenge everyday. RDLP Women’s Officer Dr Alessandra BorlottiRDLP Chair Sarah HackerRDLP Secretary and Vice-Chair (East) Helen CaneyRDLP Vice-Chair (West) Billie ReynoldsRDLP…

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Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision for the borough

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…

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Upcoming Women’s Labour Events

Hello, My name is Ayo Sokale and I am your Women’s Officer for Reading Labour. I am writing to invite you to the following events: – How to be a Councillor Date: 9th of September Time: 2-4pm Location: The Outlook, Kings Road We will have current councillors come and speak about their roles, what it…

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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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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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We should be thanking the Windrush Generation, NOT deporting them

Every census since I can remember, my family have self defined as Black British Caribbean. We do this specifically in recognition of the nationality we have, but also, as an acknowledgement of our cultural heritage. I enjoy a roast but there is no better breakfast than ackee and saltfish. I have equal love for Usain…

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A Manifesto for Reading

Welcome to our 2018 Manifesto Reading’s Labour Council continues to do its best to keep vital services available to those who need them most despite the ongoing onslaught on public services by the Conservative Government. We also remain ambitious for Reading and have been successful in securing special funding for projects such as the new…

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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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Matt Rodda comments on child poverty in Reading East

New data from campaigning group ‘End Child Poverty’ shows that 21% of the children living in Matt Rodda’s Reading East constituency are living in poverty. This is a rise from the previous figure of 19.6% as reported in December 2015. The ‘End Child Poverty’ coalition have released new statistics showing the extent of child poverty…

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MP meets Fire Chief at Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue

The Chief Fire Officer of Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue, Trevor Ferguson, welcomed Reading East MP Matt Rodda to tour the county’s state of the art operational control centre based in Reading, in addition to holding talks on the changes and challenges which the fire service deals with on an everyday basis. Matt was interested…

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MP has talks on Universal Credit at Reading Jobcentre

Labour MP for Reading East Matt Rodda held talks with staff and managers at Reading JobCentre Plus about the roll out of Universal Credit at their premises on Friar Street. The Government started rolling out the new combined 6-payments-in-1 benefit, Universal Credit, in Reading and Woodley from 6 December 2017. Read full article here

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Caversham Nursery visit by Matt Rodda

MP for Reading East Matt Rodda was invited to visit Caversham Nursery to discuss the challenges arising from the continued Government cuts that are affecting the Nursery and Early Years Foundation Education in the constituency. Matt held detailed discussions with Lisa Bedlow, the Executive Headteacher of both Caversham Nursery and New Bridge Nursery School in…

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MP visits Reading University to discuss politics with students

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, visited the University of Reading to discuss the last General Election which resulted in his election, as well as talking about breaking the barriers between the study of politics and its everyday practice. The audience, comprising a selection of third-year undergraduates and Masters postgraduates was facilitated by Dr Mark…

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