Thames Valley Police come to the Fidget and Bob Café on 22 February

Kennet Island Piazza

The Church and Whitley neighbourhood policing team will hold a Have Your Say Meeting on Friday 22 February at 6.00pm at Fidget and Bob, Kennet Island Piazza.

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Grants available from the Reading Dispensary Trust

By Jason Hilbourne.

The Reading Dispensary Trust is a medical charity based on the Wokingham Road who issue grants for equipment and services that can help people experiencing physical and mental illness. They only offer grants to referring agencies within a seven mile radius of Reading town centre.

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Reading University may fund new PCSOs to deal with student misbehaviour

Reading University hosted its second community forum at the Chancellor’s building on their Whiteknights campus on 29 January. An estimated 60 people attended the forum. They complained about the anti-social behaviour of university students which included late-night noise and drunkenness, public urination, property damage and intimidation.

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Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma vote opposite ways on Brexit again

While we were focussing on the forthcoming business and debate at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) full council meeting last week, our MPs Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East and Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West and Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions) were going their separate ways again on Brexit. Continue reading

How Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma voted on the 29 January Brexit amendments

The House of Commons voted on seven amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Act yesterday evening. Reading MPs, Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West), voted opposite ways on six of the seven amendments.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about NHS staff and Brexit

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Matt Rodda (Labour, Reading East) spoke in the House of Commons on the evening of 28 January during the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal Bill). He highlighted the problems which Brexit might cause in his constituency  because of the high proportion of NHS workers from the EU.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote different ways on the EU withdrawal bill

Both Reading MPs voted on the government’s flagship European Union withdrawal act yesterday, 15 January. Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) voted with the government and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted against. The government was defeated by 230 votes.

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