Rachel Eden

My story

My Dad grew up in Reading, and my family’s roots are here.  After I moved the country as I grew up I settled here in Reading West and it’s here my children were born, it’s where I founded my award-winning business and the community I have served as a Councillor since 2010. 

As a socialist, I believe in a sustainable, co-operative future which enables everyone to live with dignity and fulfil their potential, and that a Labour government is the best way to put those values into practice.

I live in Tilehurst with my partner and my two children, who go to local schools.  I know from my own personal experience about the difference that Labour in government makes – child tax credits were a lifeline for me when money was tight.  But I also know what happens when the system is stacked against you – including experiencing the complexity and difficulty of claiming for Disability Living Allowance for one of my children.

I’m proud to have been a local councillor representing Whitley for more than 12 years, helping our community to thrive and standing up for people in the face of the Conservative government’s massive cuts to local services.  Nationally, I’ve served on Local Government Association Boards covering Health and Wellbeing and Children and Young People, making sure the experience of people in Reading helps to inform national policy.  Locally I’m currently serving as Mayor of Reading, supporting communities, charities and promoting our town.

I founded and run an award-winning small business, working with local charities, community interest companies and small businesses.  My business is a Living Wage Employer and part of the Ethical Reading Network.

As a proud trade unionist, I worked with UNISON to make Reading one of the first councils in the country to sign up to the ‘Ethical Care Charter’, supported workers on the picket line and proposed the successful motion at Labour South East conference last autumn on sick pay for the self-employed.

I’m Treasurer of Labour’s National Environment Campaign the ‘Socialist Environment and Resources Association”, taking a firm stand against fracking, and promoting a just transition.  I’m proud of the part we’ve played in supporting Labour’s new national focus on a fairer, greener future.

Locally, I’m a director of Reading Community Energy Society, a cooperative which installs solar panels on community buildings and gives grants to support carbon reduction locally. 

I am proud to be a member of the Co-op movement – not just as a Director of RCES but also as a Labour and Co-operative Councillor, a member of Reading Hydro and other cooperatives.

I’m ready to be our next Labour MP, and ensure our voice is heard on the national stage –  but I’ll always put Reading West first.

s proud to be bringing up her family in Tilehurst and of her family roots in West Berkshire.

She is the founder of an award-winning small business that works with charities, social enterprises and growing businesses.

Rachel has been a Whitley ward councillor since 2010 and is committed to working with residents across Reading West on the issues that matter to them whether it is tackling crime, more affordable housing or support for our NHS and social care.

Rachel works alongside other local small businesses to promote our area and as well as her professional work is a director of Reading Community Energy Society, a cooperative dedicated to producing renewable energy that benefits our local community.

Rachel stood as the Labour and Cooperative Parties’ candidate in Reading West in the 2019 general election, and while the national situation had an impact and she came a close second the local campaign taem are proud to have outperformed the national and regional picture.

Rachel says “I am passionate about our amazing home.  Regardless of the role I have in our community, I promise to always put Reading West first.”