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Christine Borgars RIP

16/08/2018

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

29/07/2018

    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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MATTERS RELATING TO THE RISE OF ORGANISED RACIST AND FASCIST ORGANISATIONS IN THE UK

27/07/2018

At our last AMMReading and District Labour Party passed the following motion unanimously. Reading and District Labour Party is concerned by the rise of organised racist and fascist organisations in the UK. This has come to sharp focus through the campaign by far-right organisations including the “Democratic Football Lads Association”, former members of EDL and…

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From Empire Windrush to the Windrush Generation

08/07/2018

Once upon a time, a ship crossed the sea to bring the avant-garde of people full of hopes from the West Indies to a land that needed much of it. WWII had only ended a few years before, and the UK needed rebuilding from the ground up. As often with unsung heroes, their achievements were…

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Celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS

04/07/2018

Come and help us to celebrate 70 wonderful years of the NHS.   We will be meeting for NHS Saturday 1 – 2:30pm at Battle Library.

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Reading East & West Joint Fundraising Dinner with special guest Barry Gardiner MP

02/07/2018
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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

24/05/2018

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week with a key focus on stress. Reading Young Labour members discussed what this meant for them in their everyday lives at school, work or university. One member said “nobody cares or understands” when it comes to mental health and stress in schools while another clarified that “teachers are…

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Cuts have consequences

30/04/2018

Let’s talk about cuts (Baby) You probably know by now that the cuts to local government funding have not fallen equally across the country. Because the central government grant has been cut but council tax has been rising, wealthy areas of the country, where council tax receipts are higher and demand for statutory services is…

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Kentwood Election Special

28/04/2018

The 2 Labour candidates are Councillor and Deputy Mayor Glenn Dennis, who is coming to the end of his 4-year term, and Ali Foster who is a Small Business Owner, and has lived in Reading for over 17 Years. She has 23 years of experience working in the NHS as a Mental Health Nurse, Improvement…

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Response on behalf of Labour Party Candidates [OFFICIAL]

21/04/2018

Dear Tamzin Morphy, Further to your recent e-mail to Labour candidates standing in the Reading Borough wards, we are replying on behalf of Reading Labour Party and the 18 candidates who are standing in the local elections. We do not accept your simplistic ‘yes/no’ approach to the three questions. We would, therefore, request that the…

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We should be thanking the Windrush Generation, NOT deporting them

17/04/2018

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

05/04/2018

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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Two Young Labour Members going to conference

25/03/2018

Reading District and Labour Party met Thursday 15 March to discuss conference arrangements for the 2018 Labour conference which is to be held in Liverpool. The executive committee made the decision based on reports from delegates who attended conference in 2017 to select a male and female delegate to represent the Reading West CLP and…

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Reading West Selection: Meet the Candidates

04/03/2018

The selection committee have shortlisted 3 candidates to stand in the selection process to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West. The 3 candidates are as follows: Rachel Eden Rebecca Geach Sarah Hacker Today an event was held to give Reading West Labour Members the chance to meet with the three candidates and ask…

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Tory Health Care Crisis

26/02/2018

The government’s Strategic Transformation Plan for the NHS in our area will cut £500 million of funding from NHS services. This winter’s NHS crisis has again exposed the extent to which vital health services are being starved of funds by the Tory government. In December, Royal Berks Hospital’s A&E waiting times hit their worst ever…

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Reading Schools Improving Despite National Cuts

26/02/2018

Reading Labour is continuing its work with all our schools to en-sure they are delivering for the town’s children. In 2017 the town’s secondary schools matched or bettered their GCSE results from the previous year, while primary schools shot up 80 places in the national league tables with improved Key Stage 2 results. Work to…

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Local Services Hit By Tory Cuts

26/02/2018

The savage Tory cuts to local council grants has hit Labour-run Reading harder than our neighbouring Tory councils. Reading has lost more than twice as much money per person than Wokingham. The Tory government are continuing their unjustified and savage cuts to local authority budgets. Funding has been slashed in Reading by £237 per resident,…

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Reading Labour Tackling Tory Housing Failures

26/02/2018

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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Reading Young Labour Endorsements for Youth Elections

24/02/2018

Reading Young Labour, having reviewed the candidates statements and met with a number of those standing, have decided to endorse the following candidates:   National Executive Committee Representative Lara McNeill   National Chair of Young Labour Miriam Mirwitch   International Officer Mohammed Ahmed   Under 19’s Officer Etan Waller   South East Regional Representative Alana…

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Primary School Budget Cuts

18/02/2018

The education system has changed dramatically within the last 20 years. Teachers and schools are now held wholly responsible for children’s progress. With an expectation that schools should be teaching children a broad and balanced curriculum alongside giving them experiences outside of the everyday. As a primary school teacher working in an Outstanding Academy school…

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