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Another busy week of campaigning!

Reading East Conservatives met hundreds of local residents this week right across the constituency. We have many more sessions planned and welcome all supporters to join our growing taskforce of activists who are working hard to ensure we hold and win seats on May 3rd.

Conservatives Setting the Agenda

Reading Borough Conservatives continue to set the agenda on Reading Borough Council. At last night’s Council meeting only Conservative Councillors tabled any questions to the minority Labour administration. In addition Conservative Councillors tabled four motions which were intended to make a real difference to the lives of Reading people. By contrast Labour Councillors moved three motions about national issues.

Canvassing continues

Church Ward councillors Azam Janjua and Tim Harris were pleased to welcome a large team of Reading East Conservatives to canvass the University area of the ward on Saturday. The team met residents and discussed their concerns with inadequacies of council services and their widespread dis-satisfaction with the Shinfield Junction. It was great to hear that most voters plan to support the Conservatives and back Azam Janjua who pledges that a Conservative led Council would restore the roundabouts. 

Rob Wilson's response to the budget: Good for Britain and Good for Reading!

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, has responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget Statement today by welcoming its commitment to increase the personal allowance, to cut the top rate of tax, to improve the settlement on child benefit and to press ahead in cutting the deficit. Rob has called the Budget “a Budget for working people, dealing with the economic crisis of today, building prosperity for tomorrow.”

Reading misses out again on city status

Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, has said he is “disappointed” that Reading has not been given city status as a part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The disappointing result follows the announcement made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. However, Rob has said he remains undeterred in pushing Reading as the economic and cultural hub for the Thames Valley.

South East MEP becomes new Conservative Leader

Following the resignation of Martin Callanan a fortnight ago, the new leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs has been announced as South East England MEP Richard Ashworth. He was elected today by fellow Tory MEPs to lead the Party's delegation in the European Parliament.

Rob Wilson sets out triple investment vision for Reading’s future

Rob Wilson set out his ambitious triple investment vision for Reading in a speech to the Reading East Conservative Association on Friday 9th March. In his thoughtful address, Rob spoke about why he is involved in politics, his role in fighting for Reading East in Westminster, his desire to see all children and young people have equal educational opportunities, and his aim to deliver a “vision that will benefit local people for decades to come.”  

Conservatives and Residents Associations working together

Conservative campaigners were pleased to join volunteers from Emmer Green Residents’ Association (EGRA) and Caversham GLOBE for a RESCUE litter pick in the woods behind Marshland Square/St Luke’s Way and the rough land between Rotherfield Way and Southdown on Sunday 11th March. Peppard ward Conservative candidate Jane Stanford-Beale joined Cllr Richard Willis and a small team that got to work at 11am equipped with orange plastic bags for general rubbish, clear bags for recyclables and some litter pickers.

Conservatives Attack “Smoke and Mirrors” Claims

Reading Borough Conservatives have attacked Labour for their claims that the Government has cut Reading’s grant funding more than neighbouring Wokingham. Labour Leader Cllr Jo Lovelock has repeatedly claimed that Reading has suffered worse cuts from central government than Wokingham and these claims have been repeated in Labour leaflets. However, the facts show that not only is Reading’s formula grant more than two and a half times that received by Wokingham but that despite having a larger population, Conservative-run Wokingham has suffered a bigger percentage cut than Reading.