Reading & District Labour Party

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Norcot Banner – November 2017

26/11/2017
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Barry Gardiner MP visits Reading West

25/11/2017

READING EAST MP MATT RODDA welcomed The Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Barry Gardiner MP to Reading as part of the Labour Party’s National Campaign Day which began in the marginal seat of Reading West. Small businesses and the self-employed have been impacted by the deep Tory cuts in Reading and West Berkshire,…

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Matt Rodda gives comment on the Budget in Parliament

23/11/2017

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda gave comment in the House of Commons on the Annual Budget Statement delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Referring particularly to the issues of housing, infrastructure and public sector pay, Matt also commented that the Budget failed to deliver on the pause and fix of Universal Credit which is…

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Matt Rodda opposed school cuts in Reading and Woodley

22/11/2017
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Transgender Day of Remembrance

20/11/2017

So it’s Transgender Day of Remembrance today. It’s hard to put into words how this day makes me feel. I have a few issues with it, but it also stirs up many feelings. Remorse definitely that so many people have lost their lives and the number is growing rather than reducing. But also anger. That…

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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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Park Voice – November 2017

15/11/2017
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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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