South Reading local election candidates for Thursday 2 May

The candidates standing in the council elections on Thursday 2 May have been announced. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, you have until midnight on Friday 12 April to do so, otherwise you will not be allowed to vote on the day.

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Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma shuffle through the same division lobby twice on the night of the 3 April!

Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) both voted ‘no’ on the European Union Bill Committee Amendment 1 – Main and European Union Bill Committee NC4 – Cash in a late night sitting of the House of Commons on 3 April. In all other votes on the night on the European Union Withdrawal (No 5) Bill they voted in different division lobbies.

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East and west Reading point in opposite directions in the second round of indicative Brexit votes

Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) voted in parliament on the four indicative Brexit votes selected by the speaker on 1 April: Joanna Cherry’s motion G, Mr Clarke’s motion C, Nick Boles’s motion D and Peter Kyle’s motion E.

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‘One Million Tiny Plays About Reading’ at the Progress Theatre

By Sue Beckett and Adam Harrington.

One Million Tiny Plays About Reading. Photo (c) Aidan Moran.

All human life in Reading is observed in One Million Tiny Plays About Reading at the Progress Theatre this week, a series of vignettes that includes pet funerals on Caversham bridge, chuggers competing for custom on Broad Street, a boy regretting his choice of barber, an awkward marriage proposal on the Oracle ‘beach’ and a touchingly sad picnic at Reading old Cemetery.

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Reading seeks help from the Russian Federation

By our senior political correspondent.

Katesgrove in Russian. An extract from a Russian map of Reading courtesy of http://redatlasbook.com/

The Whitley Pump has unearthed secret plans to end austerity in Reading by forging closer links with the Russian Federation. Moscow is offering financial support if the town “Russianises” its schools by teaching Russian instead of French, and if the council transliterates town signage into the Russian Cyrillic alphabet, as shown in the above map of Katesgrove (Кеатс-гров).

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Addington House is on the market

Addington House, London Street

Addington House on London Street in Katesgrove is being marketed for sale by Sharps Commercial who are inviting offers in excess of £1million. The Grade II* listed property which was once the home of Dr Anthony Addington (1713-1790), physician to George III, was recently granted planning permission for conversion from office accommodation to apartments.

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