Not too late for the government to think again on Reading Gaol

Rachel writes: “It is incrediably disappointing that despite pre-election promises that the Government has turned its back on a true community bid submitted on behalf of the community by our council. As we look to build back better following the pandemic the obvious thing would be for the government to …

Campaign for Government to bolster bereavement support in the workplace

National bereavement charity Sue Ryder, which runs Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, has called on the Government to introduce a minimum of two weeks statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner. Over the last few years through …

Black Reading Labour members statement in support of justice for George Floyd

I believe that the best voices to listen to in the current situation following the murder of George Floyd are from the community affected. As a member of Reading Labour Party and a Reading Labour Councillor however I am signing up to this statement in solidarity: Black and Asian members …

Save our shops

I am pleased to support USDAW’s campaign to save our high streets. They are calling for a level playing field for high street and online retail as well as fair pay, job security and investment in skills and training for the workforce Our local high streets and shopping centres are …

Please help save maintained nurseries

Help save maintained nursery schools like Norcot Nursery:  sign here

The future of maintained nursery schools in England after March 2020 is under threat as adequate funding has not been confirmed after then when supplementary funding ends. 

Nursery schools like Blagdon Nursery, Norcot Nursery, Caversham Nursery and Newbridge Nursery are under threat.

I am therefore joining people across the country in petitioning the Government to take action to ensure maintained nursery schools are financially sustainable.

Nursery schools are vital for many children’s start in life and this uncertainty is putting their future in doubt I am asking you to join the thousands of people who have already signed this petition which you can find at: http://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/237044

Public letter on a public vote – from Reading Labour members

A number of  people have been asking Labour Councillors  locally for our views on the current situation on Brexit. Below is the, text of a letter sent to the Reading Chronicle today. I have signed it , both as a councillor who believes that  the residents I represent deserve a final say  and as the person who hopes to become our next  MP who is in despair at the current dangerous nonsense from the government.  My belief is that , unless there …

Please help Save maintained nursery schools

It was bitter-sweet to see the ‘Outstanding’ Oftsted report that Reading Council’s Norcot Nusery again received this week.  Maintained nursery schools like Norcot, Blagrave and Blagdon Road (which many Whitley children attend) provide an amazing and unique environment for children to receive their early years education. Many parents have been …

We must stop Van Tool Theft

When local trades people approached me about the impact that van tool theft is increasingly having on them I knew that there would not be one answer but that a series of measures are needed to tackle this rising problem. It’s a disgusting crime that robs families of their livelihoods.  …