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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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Democracy Review: Young Labour

14/01/2018

Reading Young Labour would like to input the following points into the Democracy Review: ·        Young Labour needs proper funding for staff. Despite being a huge part of the Labour Party and being the future of the Party, there is currently only one paid worker who works part time for Young Labour. Whilst Young Labour…

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Matt Rodda supports Early Day Motion to promote the message of Women’s Equality

10/01/2018

This year marks a century since women were granted voting rights. A lot has happened under the banner of equality since that date, however, the recent news about pay inequality concerning former news editor Carrie Gracie shows that there is still a long way to go – even a century later. Ms Gracie is a…

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Matt Rodda concerned about ongoing winter crisis at Royal Berkshire Hospital

09/01/2018

Continued pressure on the NHS in Reading has led to many cancelled operations, and the Royal Berkshire Hospital is struggling to meet the increase in demand. The hospital has not only had to appeal to medical and nursing staff to turn in to cover extra shifts, but news has also emerged of the NHS Trust…

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Young Labour December Meet Up

08/01/2018

It was decided amongst the young members that having a meeting the day after the social was a bad idea and Reading Young Labour voted against this happening in the future. Young Labour discussed having an event with young members where speakers could attend and understand more about how the party works and how to…

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Matt welcomes initiative on Reading Festival cup recycling

06/01/2018

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda welcomed a new recycling initiative which would see cups from this year’s Reading Festival recycled to make new products such as garden furniture, playmats and industrial-related products. Read full article here…

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Matt comments on the Government U-turn to finally crack down on rogue landlords

05/01/2018

EIGHT months after the Labour Party called for tougher minimum standards in the private rented housing sector in its election policy document, Reading East MP Matt Rodda noted with interest that the Government is now considering parts of that policy. Prior to last year’s General Election, the Labour Party proposed that Councils would be empowered…

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Reading East MP condemns Government underfunding as hospital staffing levels struggle in Winter Crisis

03/01/2018

Following the appeal via social media by the Royal Berkshire Hospital for medical and nursing staff to turn up for extra shifts to help cope with the increased demand, Reading East MP Matt Rodda expressed his concerns over the growing strain on local healthcare provision. Read the full article here…

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Matt Rodda Campaigns Against Rail Fare Increases

02/01/2018

Commuters from Reading faced further New Year misery in addition to the biting cold weather with the introduction of yet further price hikes to the cost of rail travel. Reading East MP Matt Rodda attended a campaigning event at Reading Station on 2 January 2018. Read full article here…

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Matt supports CCA’s appeal for Christmas donations

08/12/2017

Today Matt had an excellent introductory meeting with Gill, Martin and Myra at Christian Community Action (CCA).  They provide an invaluable service to those most vulnerable in our society through a comprehensive programme of practical help and support. Please watch this appeal video, and consider supporting them this Christmas.  For more information on how to…

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Matt Rodda MP denounces New Year rail fares hike

07/12/2017

MATT RODDA, Reading East’s MP gave comment on the impending rail fare price hike which is due to hit commuters hard in the pocket in the New Year. Matt added his comments to those echoed in a recent article by the Shadow Secretary which appeared in the Guardian newspaper. He said: “Constituents who commute from…

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Matt Rodda condemns Trump actions on Israel

07/12/2017

MATT RODDA, Reading East’s MP condemned the recent move by US President Donald Trump to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. President Trump has cited the statement as being ‘long overdue’ and necessary to seek to achieve peace, adding that Israel was a ‘sovereign nation’ and had ‘every right to to determine…

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Matt Rodda: Why I think Universal Credit should be paused and fixed

06/12/2017

Today is the 6 of December; a day which many people in my constituency will have been dreading as it is the day on which the Universal Credit benefit payment is rolled out here in Reading and Woodley.  Along with my team, I have campaigned hard both in the constituency and also in Parliament on…

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