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MATT RODDA welcomed the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP to Reading yesterday as she visited Caversham Primary School.

The School is located on Hemdean Road in the northern part of Matt's Reading East constituency and has over 500 pupils on roll. In 2016 it received an 'outstanding' Ofsted report. In recent news, the School received much local media publicity earlier this year when the Headteacher Mrs Ruth Perry made an appeal for voluntary financial ...donations of £190 per child per year to the School to help plug the funding gaps at the School due to budget cuts and rising staff costs. Mrs Perry said at the time that it was a decision she was not happy in making.

Today, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP had a tour of the School along with Matt, and spoke to staff, pupils and parents about how they feel about the School. They also took time to meet with young pupils in an after-school club and take part in a craft activity.

The Shadow Secretary said:

“I've been here today with Matt and we've been hearing about how parents across Reading have had to really try and dig deep and bring money and investment into our school system. I don't think we should be relying on the charity of parents to ensure that every child gets a decent education.”

She added:

“Under Labour's national education service, we will fund our education and make sure that we have qualified teachers in the classroom so that every child can have a decent education and their education will be on the ability to learn, and not the ability of their parents to pay.”

Commenting on the visit by the Shadow Secretary, Matt said:

“I am really pleased that Angela has come to Reading today to see the effect of the deep cuts forced upon us by the Tory Government. At Caversham Primary School each child is getting £450 less spending on their education. That means less time with teachers, less equipment, less time learning new skills. I think that's wrong and we need a Labour Government to reverse those cuts and give our kids a proper education.”
In light of the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Education The Right Honourable Justine Greening MP in Parliament, it is still envisaged that Schools such as Caversham Primary will continue to fair poorly in financial terms by the ongoing cuts to their budget.

Matt welcomes Shadow Secretary for Education to Reading

MATT RODDA welcomed the Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP to Reading yesterday as she visited Caversham Primary School.

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Reading’s newly elected Labour MP, Matt Rodda, has been representing local people for 100 days, since Labour’s surprise win in the General Election in June.

Matt has looked back over his first 100 days, and is ready for the next 100 and into 2018 - with Labour being a Government in waiting.

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Matt said:
“I was surprised and honoured that we won Reading East in the General Election. I have been working hard to represent local people, and I am proud to be part of a strong Labour team which is a Government in waiting; opposing a weak and divided Conservative Government which doesn’t have a majority, and which is only clinging on to power after giving £1 billion to Northern Ireland to secure DUP support.”
“Locally and nationally, Labour is providing leadership and a vision to take the country forward.

“Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s shadow cabinet are offering a real alternative: an end to austerity, a sensible relationship with Europe and more investment in housing and other key priorities. I have been campaigning on these issues at a local level and playing my part in supporting Jeremy and colleagues in Parliament, working with councillors and local campaigners in Reading and Woodley.

“Looking forward, the autumn will be an important new phase of Labour’s campaign to challenge to the Conservatives.”

In the election Matt campaigned on three key issues: ending austerity and for proper investment in our NHS, schools and other public services: stopping a hard Brexit which would threaten local jobs, and for a close relationship with the EU. He has also called for more affordable housing locally, both in terms of more council houses and more affordable homes to buy. Matt has also called for a better deal for renters.

Since the election Matt has:
Campaigned to save Chiltern Edge School – helping to get Oxfordshire County Council not to pursue closure plans.

Accompanied Jeremy Corbyn to Reading on a fact finding visit to learn more about housing problems in the town.

Voted against the Brexit Bill which would give the Government sweeping powers to change the law on rights at work, environmental protection and consumer rights as the UK leaves the EU.

Spoken up for the rights of EU citizens in Britain and British people in Europe in a debate in parliament this week.

Attended a wide range of community and charity events, such as community fun day run by local churches in Whitley, Baker Street Neighbourhood Association clean-up near Reading town centre, Woodley Carnival and the opening of the Weller Community Centre in Caversham.

Respected and celebrated the contribution of Reading’s ethnic minority communities, at Eid, Pakistan Independence Day celebrations, visited the Sikh Gurdwara, attended Nepalese community events as well a Ukrainian community event.

Been honoured to speak about equality at Pride.

100 days - New MP Matt starts the way he means to go on

Reading’s newly elected Labour MP, Matt Rodda, has been representing local people for 100 days, since Labour’s surprise win in the General Election in June.

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MATT RODDA MP spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on 12 September 2017 which concerned the negotiations on future rights of UK nationals in the EU.

Contributing to the debate, Matt said:

I represent Reading which is a town with a large EU national population which plays a significant role in our local NHS, in the IT industry which is a core part of the town's economy, and in many other services. I also should declare a personal interest in that my sister-in-law is German, and is also facing this deep uncertainty at the moment.

I was concerned last week when a document titled 'Border Immigration Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the EU' was leaked by the Home Office because I think it gave a very unfortunate window into the Government's thinking about this important issue. The document proposed to drive down the number of EU migrants by offering them residency for a maximum of only two years; and it suggested that those only who had highly skilled occupations would be considered for permits which would stretch out for a few more years, and despite the repeated warnings from business and public sector of the significant negative impact which this would have, I do think this is of great concern and I do hope that the Government will rethink.

The document also describes a phased introduction of a new immigration system that ends the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants and places tough new restrictions on their rights to bring family into this country. Potentially, this could lead to thousands of families being split up. This is a very serious issue, and such a heavy-handed approach drives a coach and horses through both businesses and families in my constituency and across the UK. Doubtless the ill-will that such an approach would generate would harm our remaining negotiations with the EU.

Having stepped down from threatening the EU with no deal, I would urge the Minister to be more collegiate in his approach. He should denounce this paper and take a more even handed approach - and one that is much more reasonable - and perhaps listen to the Labour approach of offering unilateral guarantees to create a climate of goodwill and positive negotiation with our European partners.”

Matt Rodda Speaks in Westminster Hall Debate on Negotiations on Future Rights of UK Nationals in EU

MATT RODDA MP spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on 12 September 2017 which concerned the negotiations on future rights of UK nationals in the EU.


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