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Guest Blog: Cllr Sophia James: Black Lives Matter

Guest Blog: Cllr Sophia James: Black Lives Matter

Councillor Sophia James was the first black woman elected to public office in Reading. She is a wonderful advocate for social justice, a campaigner...

Reading Labour Councillors disgust at failing Covid-19 test and trace system

Reading Labour Councillors disgust at failing Covid-19 test and trace system

Many Reading people in need of a Covid test are complaining that that they have only been offered slots at sites many miles away, such...

Reading Labour Back Shelter’s campaign on rogue lettings agents

Reading Labour Back Shelter’s campaign on rogue lettings agents

Research by housing charity Shelter showed that one in four people across the country had been ripped off by unscrupulous agents charging unfair fees.  I'd...

50 days to the Police and Crime Commissioner (#PCC) elections – vote for a candidate who respects the police

50 days to the Police and Crime Commissioner (#PCC) elections – vote for a candidate who respects the police

With what twitter has dubbed 'gategate' or 'plebgate'* still rumbling on it's noticeable that the Conservative candidate for the Thames Valley has failed to comment on Andrew Mitchell's...

Guest blog: Leader of #rdg council on council tax benefit abolition

Guest blog: Leader of #rdg council on council tax benefit abolition

Letter to local press:Dear Sir,I see  that Tory Councillor David Stevens is indignant about the Council’s consultation on the abolition of Council Tax Benefit, claiming...

@ReadingLabour starts selection for Parliamentary candidates

@ReadingLabour starts selection for Parliamentary candidates

UPDATE: The Party's press release was too modest, in fact we won 11 seats in May not 10 (thanks to anonymous commentator)Won't comment further as I will...

Rachel Reeves, Southcote funday and #rdg Pride – 24 hours of really good events

Rachel Reeves, Southcote funday and #rdg Pride – 24 hours of really good events

Three very different events over the course of 24 hours.  Don't have a photo of the fun day yet (will put up when I do)...

Rob Wilson, Jeremy Hunt’s man in #Rdg follows him to health

Rob Wilson, Jeremy Hunt’s man in #Rdg follows him to health

The somewhat unbelievable promotion of Jeremy Hunt to Health - rewarding an unpopular, incompetent minister who oversaw the BSkyB bid, by moving him to an...

Landlords who want to provide decent accommodation are welcome in Reading!

Landlords who want to provide decent accommodation are welcome in Reading!

I seem to post relatively often about poor accommodation in the private rented sector and action that Reading council is taking to change this (and I will...