Boris Johnson is treating the people of Reading with contempt: he partied while 224 in Reading died

Responding to the latest reports of parties in Downing Street during lockdown – including a ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ party which the Prime Minister and his wife are widely reported to have attended, Labour’s Cllr Graeme Hoskin has called on local Conservatives to send a clear message to Conservatives in Downing Street. Labour’s Cllr Graeme Hoskin said, “224…

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Thank you !

I would like to thank every single resident who put their faith in Reading Labour and voted for our candidates yesterday. We promise to continue working hard in your community, listening to your concerns and campaigning for a fairer future for all. Councillor Sarah Hacker Chair Reading & District Labour Party

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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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An Open Letter to Terry Barton, Chief Executive, Kingdom Services Group

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…

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Is 20 Plenty?

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…

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DJ N:Fostell Presents Reading Black Lives ! 6pm Wednesday October 21, 2020

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…

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Reading event shows that Black Lives Matter

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…

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Mutual aid groups lead Reading response to Covid-19

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…

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Reading East Tory wanna-be MP in hustings no-show

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…

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Labour to get UK rail services back on track

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…

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Tory plans for back-door NHS privatisation

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…

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Plans to ease violence and crime

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…

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