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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MP challenges Government on the axing of Bus Routes across the Country

In an exchange during Transport oral questions, Matt challenged the Government on the removal and downgrading of hundreds of bus routes in towns and villages across the country. In his newly-promoted front-bench capacity as Shadow Minister for Local Transport, Matt put a question to Jesse Norman MP, the current Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for…

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Matt Rodda on the new Reading Buses Timetable

Municipally-owned Reading Buses have held a consultation on proposals to change the routes serving areas north of the River Thames. The consultation led to Reading East MP Matt Rodda convening two Public Meeting to enable constituents to have their say on the bus company’s planned changes. Read full article here

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Matt Rodda visits new temporary homes in Reading

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda recently visited the new development of selfcontained temporary homes being built at Lowfield Road in Caversham, along with Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Housing, Councillor John Ennis. The homes form part of a wider programme of new builds in the Reading borough. Construction began on the project last Autumn,…

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Matt Rodda congratulates Royal Berkshire Hospital on Outstanding CQC Report

Reading East MP Matt Rodda congratulated the Royal Berkshire Hospital on achieving an outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, with results attained despite the serious pressures facing the hospital and other parts of the NHS. Staff were able to demonstrate improvement in all of the services inspected which included urgent and emergency care, medical care…

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Matt Rodda visits Me2

Me2 is a unique organisation based in Woodley which specialises in supporting children and young people with additional needs from the age of 5 to 19 to enable them to attend local mainstream activity clubs. Reading East MP Matt Rodda was delighted to be invited to visit them to learn more about the work they…

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Matt Rodda MP receives front bench promotion

In a recent mini-shuffle Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has promoted Reading East MP Matt Rodda to the post of Shadow Minister for Local Transport. On making the appointments, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am pleased to make these appointments to strengthen Labour’s frontbench team, which is now a Government…

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Matt Rodda at Thameside Primary

In a constituency-based day of visits which focussed on children, education and young people, Reading East MP Matt Rodda visited the Head and Governing Body at Thameside Primary School. In addition to discussing the variety of challenges faced by the school, Matt listened to details of the excellent work done by teaching and support staff…

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Matt Rodda Celebrates Reading’s Young Entrepreneurs

Matt Rodda was delighted to attend a presentation at St. Joseph’s College recently. The event was hosted by WYRE, a young enterprise company set up by Sixth Form students of the Reading-based independent college. The business enterprise formed part of the students’ Business Studies A-Level qualification, and focused on the selling electronic of goods at…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

So it’s Transgender Day of Remembrance today. It’s hard to put into words how this day makes me feel. I have a few issues with it, but it also stirs up many feelings. Remorse definitely that so many people have lost their lives and the number is growing rather than reducing. But also anger. That…

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Youth Collaboration

Yesterday, RDLP’ Youth Officer, Ellie Emberson, met with Bracknell’s Youth Officer, Saffron Yau-Karim, for lunch to discuss working together to engage young people in the party.

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World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day today and I’m sat in a rather lovely room in the Royal College of GPs with my union Unite.   This weekend I was representing Reading in Düsseldorf and last night I was in a meeting as I will be tomorrow and Thursday. I choose to be this busy; being…

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Work Mental Health Day at Madejski Stadium

A number of local Labour Members attending a great event for mental health issues in young children today for World Mental Health Day. Along with other Reading Residents, the event sought to  spread awareness about mental health issues among young children and adults at Madejski Stadium. Over 400 school children attended this event and everyone…

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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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From A Levels to talking culture with the Vice-Chancellor

It’s A level results day and I still remember getting my results.  They were handed out in sealed envelopes so you had the added stress of having to open the envelope to find out what they were.  It felt like the rest of my life was in that envelope – of course it wasn’t and…

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