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New Members Welcome Reception

20/11/2017

It was fantastic to see a good mix of long time members and some new members chatting and getting to know each other at our new members welcome reception.   The event kicked off with informal networking and the opportunity to speak with Matt Rodda MP, lead Councillors, some of our newly selected candidates for…

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Reading Labour Women Go to Parliament.

20/11/2017

On Wednesday 15 November, Reading Labour Women were the guests of Matt Rodda MP at the House’s of Parliament. Matt’s Office organised a great tour for us from the amazing Helen McIver who had been a parliamentary secretary for 35 years. Sh be was a fantastic story teller who gave us a riveting history lesson…

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We’ve proven we are ready, now give us the vote

27/10/2017

  A week today a private members bill will go into its second reading. Labour’s Jim McMahon MP is proposing the ‘Young People’s Enfranchisement and Education Bill’ which will see the voting age lowered to 16. He collaborated with Oldham Youth Council to create the Bill. At present 314 MPs support extending the franchise to…

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Young members meet before All Members Meeting

21/10/2017
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Labour’s Sophia James Responds To Aspire Over The Central Club Site

18/10/2017

  Tonight, a petition on the Central Club and Black History Mural was presented to full Council. I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to many of the claims made over the summer about the Council’s intentions for the site. It’s time to have some clarity on this issue and to categorically say that…

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Youth Collaboration

15/10/2017

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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BAME Voice Matters

13/10/2017

BAME – whenever I hear that word (with a French accent) I picture a scene from an old Batman TV series with one of the bad guys receiving a well-deserved punch. The thing is that in real life, the people who receives the punches are too often members of the BAME community and they really…

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Nationalisation and Tory profiteering

13/10/2017

I was interested to read Newbury MP Richard Benyon’s comment piece in this week’s Reading Chronicle. It would appear Mr Benyon is not a fan of nationalising industries. I won’t bore you with graphs, talk of natural monopolies, dynamic efficiency and elasticities. Instead I will just point out some facts and inaccuracies Mr Benyon appears…

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Reading University Labour Society gets record number of students signed up

11/10/2017

Ellie Emberson along with Ben Perry went to the Reading University Freshers Fayre where over 150 students signed up to the Labour Society. Reading Young Labour joined with the society and hopes to build on the relationship with socials to be planned for the future!  

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Reading Young Labour has its first meeting

11/10/2017

Saturday 30 September young members from across Reading came together to discuss issues that mattered to them.   They spoke about what made them join the Labour Party and how to engage other young members. Watch this space for more details!

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World Mental Health Day

10/10/2017

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

10/10/2017

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

10/10/2017

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

08/10/2017

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

07/10/2017

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

02/10/2017

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

01/10/2017

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

26/09/2017

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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Kentwood Banner

26/09/2017
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