Reading & District Labour Party

World Mental Health Day

10 Oct 2017

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

10 Oct 2017

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

10 Oct 2017

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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Minster Ward Canvass

08 Oct 2017

Another successful canvass this morning – this time in Minster Ward. Councillors and supports alike were out in force to discuss Labour Policy and local issues with residents. As well as being a very productive morning, a number of the team rather enjoyed being threatened by a resident shouting that he would “set his cats…

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Glaring Need for Council Housing

07 Oct 2017

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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Tackling loneliness in Reading

02 Oct 2017

Today the Red Cross issued a report praising Reading’s Health and Wellbeing board’s approach to tackling loneliness and social isolation.   I’m proud that we’re prioritising this and of the work that we’re doing in Reading as a town to make our town a friendly place. There are all sorts of reasons people might be lonely…

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National Community Wellbeing Board report back: Standing up for Local Health and Care Services

01 Oct 2017

Today I attended the Local Government Association’s national board meeting on Health and Social Care. Along with 6 other Labour councillors from around the country my role is to put forward Labour’s agenda for health and social care on a cross-party board which is currently chaired by a Conservative.  report back on LGA board meeting…

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Celebrating Older People’s Day

26 Sep 2017

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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