West Berkshire

Introduction

The branch campaigns in all 5 of the West Berkshire wards within Reading West:- Pangbourne (1 Cllr), Theale (1 Cllr), Tilehurst Birch Copse (2 cllrs), Tilehurst South & Holybrook (2 cllrs) and Tilehust & Purley (3 cllrs).All district council seats in each of these wards are held by the Tories apart from Theale. Tilehurst Birch Copse and Tilehurst South & Holybrook, were the only seats in which Labour came second in the 2019 District Elections. There have been no Labour Councillors in West Berkshire for over 30 years, so we are pushing to win some at the next district elections in 2023.

West Berkshire District has a population of approx. 120,000 with round 25% living in the Reading West Constituency. The five West Berkshire Wards in Reading West therefore house around 20% of the total population of Reading West. Furthermore, turnout in elections in West Berkshire is typically higher than the rest of Reading West and in the 2019 General Election almost 30% of votes cast in the constituency came from the five wards in West Berkshire.

As a Branch Labour Party, we also work closely with the two Constituency Labour Parties making up the rest of West Berkshire District; Newbury CLP & Wokingham CLP.

Several of our member serve as parish councillors in an Independent capacity. None of our local parish councils current divide on a party political basis.

West Berkshire Branch Executive

The elected officers of the branch are:

Chair & Pangbourne Ward Champion Suzie Ferguson SuzieEFerguson@gmail.com
Secretary & Tilehurst South & Holybrook Ward Champion Charlie Croal Charles.Croal@btinternet.com
Treasurer Roger Sym roger@psrltd.demon.co.uk
Organiser & Theale Ward Champion Billie Reynolds Billie-Sarah@hotmail.co.uk
Vice Chair & Tilehurst Birch Copse Ward Champion Clive Taylor Clive.taylor3@ntlworld.com
Disability Officer James Warren james@warren.net