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Stop West Berkshire Council Redundancies


West Berkshire Council are proposing to make staff redundant to help balance their books. Please support the petition being organised by West Berkshire UNISON.

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Is 20 Plenty?


West Reading Councillors want your views on speed limits. Labour councillors in Battle, Kentwood and Norcot wards are launching an on-line survey seeking residents’ views on whether the residential streets off the Oxford Road between Reading West Station and Norcot Roundabout should become a 20mph zone. Currently the limit is 30mph except for sections of…

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Reading Labour Party Orders “Just Desserts” for Rogue Caterers


LUNCH IS SERVED::  20g of cheese balanced on top of a raw potato, followed by a tin of tomatoes, garnished with a microscopic segment of carrot. (source: Good Law Project) When a photograph of a small quantity of random, incompatible and not very fresh looking food items appeared on Twitter; Chartwell UK, the FTSE 100…

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Move learning online: Reading Labour support NEU calls to close primary schools


Reading Labour fully supports the statement made by the National Education Union (NEU) “The National Education Union is calling upon Government to move learning online in all primary schools including primary special schools in England for at least 2 weeks and issuing advice to all members informing them of their legal rights not to have…

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DJ N:Fostell Presents Reading Black Lives ! 6pm Wednesday October 21, 2020


Join hosts Boubacar Dembele and Charlene Chetty for an evening of music, dance and stories – enjoying music, sharing stories, impacting black lives because they matter.Guests Michaela Jones, Cllr Ayo Sokale, campaigner Glenn Dennis, Syreeta and Syrai, Michael Ogunseye, Sonia Walker and Matt Rodda MP. Caribbean music and Afrobeats.Soca dance lesson by Michaela Jones. Discounts:JB…

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Young Labour Book Review: The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin


In the aftermath of the crushing 2019 General Election, I felt I had to get ‘active’ in a political sense. To put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, which led me to join the Labour Party. It came at a time of great uncertainty. I’d recently moved back to my home town…

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Protesters gather in Forbury Gardens

Reading event shows that Black Lives Matter


Several hundred people joined forces to attend a Black Lives Matter event in central Reading on Saturday 13 June. It is the second event in the town marking the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in the US state of Minnesota and was part of a series of national protests…

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Black and Asian members of the Reading and District Labour Party wish to express their outrage over the callous murder of George Floyd which took place on 25 May 2020. This horrific and abominable event is not isolated. It personifies systemic racism and police violence all over the world including here in the UK, on…

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Reading Mutual Care - active in the town and assisting vulnerable people

Mutual aid groups lead Reading response to Covid-19


Covid-19 has prompted Reading residents to band together and form Reading Mutual Care, a major aid group across the town with a number of Labour Party members helping this drive to support their local communities. The group has now been in operation for several weeks. Reading Mutual Care has quickly grown in size with a…

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Reading East Tory wanna-be MP in hustings no-show


Voters in Reading East who were hoping for ring-side seats to a pre-election showdown event at the town-centre venue RISC have expressed disappointment a no-show from Tory hopeful Craig Morley. “Morley can’t handle public scrutiny – reminds me of someone else in the Tories,” said one voter who attended Wednesday night’s event. The Conservative’s Reading…

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Labour to get UK rail services back on track


The Labour Party has pledged to cut nationwide rail fares by 33% in a move that could save the average commuter over £1,000 a year. Reading rail passengers currently pay some of the highest fares in the country with the price per mile into London coming in at 31.8 pence. A recent BBC study has…

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Tory plans for back-door NHS privatisation


The Labour Party have released uncensored government documents highlighting the risks that US healthcare companies pose to the NHS through potential increases in drug charges. The papers show details from talks between US and UK officials that took place between July 2017 and July 2019 showing that US firms are keen to discuss drug pricing…

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Plans to ease violence and crime


Labour has announced plans to expand 18 Violence Reduction Units in areas where police forces are dealing with high rates of gang-related violent crime. Modelled on a model successfully trialed in Glasgow, the initiative would shift the focus from tackling criminality towards a public health approach to treating violence. Glasgow has seen violent crimes drop…

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Birds of a feather …


Reading East Labour Party canvassers rescued a swan last weekend while door-knocking in Caversham. The bird was found wandering the streets and was returned to safety on the Thames. Matt Rodda – the Labour MP for Reading East – said: “In between doorstep conversations and deliveries today our Caversham team took a break to rescue…

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Labour manifesto sign-up


The Labour Party is preparing to launch its 2019 manifesto and is inviting people to view the document when it is launched in the next few days. The party is seeking to outline significant change to help deliver “concrete improvements to the lives of millions.” At the core of the manifesto will be the goal…

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Corbyn: ‘Veterans not getting the services they deserve’


On Remembrance Sunday Jeremy Corbyn used a video message to support veterans and their families who have faced multiple cutbacks to key services they rely upon. The Labour Party is pledging better pay, better accommodation and better support for veterans and their families. Corbyn stated: “We remember the many brave people from Britain and all…

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Nurseries to grow as Labour outlines boost for families


The Labour Party has announced an ambitious £1 billion investment plan to reverse savage Tory cuts to the Sure Start programme. Launched originally in 1998 Sure Start is credited with boosting improvements in childcare as well as bolstering early education, health and family support. Labour has dedicated itself to its programme with a series of…

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Tory hopeful’s Reading campaign in ruins


Craig Morley, the Tory hopeful standing for Reading East, has faced ridicule after he mistakenly posted a picture of the ruins of Melrose Abbey in Scotland rather than Reading Abbey ruins on his homepage. Labour councillor Richard Davies said: “It would be obvious to anyone who had visited Reading Abbey ruins that that picture was…

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Berkshire fire risks continue as Rees-Mogg slammed over Grenfell


Recent news that a third of public buildings and flats checked by Berkshire fire services failed to meet fire safety standards have further highlighted the callous attitude of senior Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg who stated the victims of the Grenfell fire lacked “common sense.” Berkshire’s firefighting service carried out 1,137 audits of properties in 2018-19 with…

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Labour pledge on homes sweet homes


Homes should be safe and warm for families and not damage the environment for future generations, the Labour Party has stated. The party says that at the December 2019 election there is a clear choice and that “this is our last chance to take action to protect future generations or allow the Tories to accelerate…

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