Matt is the Shadow Minister for Artificial Intelligence & Intellectual Property, and works closely with Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Peter Kyle MP.
Matt was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Reading East constituency in June 2017. Before becoming an MP, he was a Councillor with Reading Borough Council and represented Katesgrove Ward from 2011 to 2018.
He 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 also opposed a hard Brexit and called 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.
Matt has lived in Reading for over 18 years. He is married with two children who both attended local state schools.
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