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Matt Rodda comments on child poverty in Reading East

01/02/2018

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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Matt meets Fire Chief at Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue

31/01/2018

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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Matt has talks on Universal Credit at Reading Jobcentre

31/01/2018

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

30/01/2018

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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Matt visits Reading University to discuss politics with students

30/01/2018

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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Matt Rodda meets Reading’s Area Police Commander to talk about Crime and Community issues

24/01/2018

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, met recently with Superintendent Stan Gilmour, the Thames Valley Police Area Commander for Reading, to discuss crime and the various community initiatives taking shape in and around the town to help tackle some of the contributory factors that lead towards criminal behaviour. After detailed discussions concerning some of the…

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

23/01/2018

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

22/01/2018

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

22/01/2018

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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“Rogue Landlords” to be tackled in new Housing Bill

21/01/2018

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda addressed the House during the second reading debate of the ‘Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19’ brought by the Labour MP for Westminster North, Karen Buck. The Bill is set to provide amendments to the current Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 which requires that…

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Young Labour January Meeting

21/01/2018

Young Labour members met on Saturday 13th January for their monthly meet up. There were 12 young members present, a record! We discussed the NHS demonstration taking place on Gower Street in London on Saturday 3rd February and highlighted our desire to get involved. Young members came up with various ideas for correx boards so…

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National Day of Action: The NHS

20/01/2018

The National Health Service is in its own state of emergency and the Labour Party’s National Day of Action focused on highlighting the issue across the country. Continued pressure on the NHS in Reading has led to many cancelled operations and the Royal Berkshire Hospital struggling to meet the increase in demand. The hospital appealed…

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Matt Rodda MP listens to opponents of development planned for St Patrick’s Hall

18/01/2018

Following on from his letter to the Planning Department at Reading Borough Council just before last Christmas in relation to the planned development at St. Patrick’s Hall, Reading East MP Matt Rodda took some time to re-visit the area and listen to residents’ concerns. The Planning Application is listed to go before the Planning Committee…

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Childhood Obesity and Junk Food Advertising discussed in Westminster Hall debate

18/01/2018

The growing problem of junk food advertising and its effect on childhood obesity was one of several issues discussed in a Westminster Hall debate attended by Reading East MP Matt Rodda. Various health studies have shown the impact of junk food advertising on the rise in childhood obesity. Children are ‘bombarded’ with television advertisements during…

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Matt attends event for Deafness Awareness in Parliament

17/01/2018

Reading East MP Matt Rodda attended an event in the House of Commons hosted by the National Deaf Children’s Society aimed at deaf children and their families by emphasising the importance of technology in early years provision. The National Deaf Children’s Society was formed in 1944. To the present day the visions and values of…

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Matt Rodda congratulates Royal Berkshire Hospital on Outstanding CQC Report

16/01/2018

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

15/01/2018

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

15/01/2018

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

14/01/2018

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

14/01/2018

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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