Conservatives predict Reading's Labour administration will overspend by up to £3m by the end of the year.

Thames Ward councillor David Stevens, who was Conservative finance spokesman when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition formed the 2010/2011 administration, has analysed the latest budget monitoring report for Reading Borough Council, which said £3m of the £18.9m savings, needed by the end of the financial year to balance the books, are at medium to high risk of not being achieved.

Maiden Erlegh Catchment Area: A victory for parents

 Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, has announced that Wokingham Borough Council’s controversial plans to alter the admissions criteria for Maiden Erlegh School are to be thrown out. This is good news for local parents who have campaigned hard over the past year

Congratulations to Bulmershe School

Rob Wilson MP and Bulmershe & Whitegates Borough Cllr Shahid Younis recently congratulated the pupils at The Bulmershe School who have recently received their GCSE exam results.  The secondary school in Woodley had some positive results to celebrate with a substantial increase in the number of top grades achieved.

Conservatives demonstrate their support for Reading's LGBT community

Reading Conservatives were delighted to take part in the well attended Reading Pride festival in Kings Meadow on Saturday.  Hundreds of local people signed a petition at the Conservative stall calling on the Council to support local group SupportU in their goal to create a Reading LGBT drop in centre.

Rob's Job Fair

Rob hopes to repeat the success of his April fair on Thursday 15th September, when Rob's Reading Job Fair opens at the Penta Hotel on Oxford Road. The larger venue will play host to employers including the National Grid, AWE and The Oracle, just some of the almost thirty companies which have confirmed attendance already. While most exhibitors will be trying to fill full-time positions, training, internships and work experience will also be on offer.Rob said: "The fair is a great opportunity for those wanting work to meet with companies wanting to employ people. There are national companies, local businesses and training services attending, offering something for everyone."

Rob's XI Narrowly Defeated by Redwood’s XI

The MPs' Cricket Challenge Match  between Reading East Conservative Association and Wokingham Association was held on August 7th at Farley Hill Cricket Club.

Where did the money go?

At the first meeting of the new Audit and Governance Committee on 30th June, Conservative Councillor Isobel Ballsdon asked for the District Auditor to be called in to investigate the growing controversy over the use of developer contributions, Section 106 monies (S106’s) by the Labour administration pre-May 2010.