Matt was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Reading East constituency in June 2017. Prior to becoming an MP, Matt was a Councillor with Reading Borough Council and has represented Katesgrove Ward from 2011 to 2018.
Matt believes in fairness for all, in high quality public services and in an economy which works for everyone – not just the lucky few. He worked in the university sector before being elected to Parliament and prior to this he was a civil servant in the Department for Education.
Matt joined the Labour Party after being impressed with the improvements in education delivered under the last Labour Government.
As a councillor, Matt pushed for positive changes in the community, including helping to save Reading’s Stepping Stones centre for disabled adults from closure.
As the Member of Parliament for Reading East Matt is campaigning against austerity. He believes that the Government’s cuts have gone too far and that they need to be challenged and addressed.
He is also opposed to a hard Brexit and has been calling for Britain to maintain a sensible relationship with the EU with full access to the single market; protection of the rights of EU residents in Britain and British residents in the EU; retention of rights at work; consumer rights and environmental protection.
Matt also feels strongly about the lack of affordable housing, and he is calling for councils to be allowed to build more council houses; for a fair deal for renters and for more affordable houses to be built for people to buy. He wants to see brownfield land being used for housing, particularly as there is enough former light industrial land in Reading to build almost all the homes the town needs until 2036.
In addition to his constituency role, Matt is the Shadow Minister for Local Transport, and works closely with the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP.
Matt has lived in Reading for over 18 years. He is married with two children who attend a local state school.
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