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1 Aug 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading West MP Alok Sharma

AS our local economy continues to grow, business confidence expands and unemployment falls, it is not surprising more people are looking to Reading to work and bring up their families.

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25 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

WITH the Parliamentary term coming to an end on Tuesday I am looking forward to getting back to Reading and being able to focus on local issues.

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18 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading West MP Alok Sharma

IN recent weeks, I have been speaking at a number of events focused on the important debate about airport capacity, including a conference organised by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and a Runways UK event held at the Guildhall in the City of London.

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17 Jul 2014 12:28 • Hugh Miller

Who’s rich enough to buy Reading?

Could billionaire James Dyson hoover up Reading all by himself - or would he need a little help from Richard Branson?

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14 Jul 2014 12:14 • Gary Farmer

Anti-social media needs a muzzle

It was bad enough when people were regularly getting themselves into trouble with e-mails they wish they’d never sent - and then came Facebook. And unfortunately the “say it in haste, repent at leisure” syndrome is even more acute now, with the advent of Twitter.

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11 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

SUMMER is one mad dash from place-to-place for MPs trying to keep up with all the fantastic events and activities taking place.

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3 Jul 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading West MP Alok Sharma

ONE of the great satisfactions of being a Member of Parliament is working with dedicated residents in delivering local community initiatives.

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3 Jul 2014 09:29

Should we stay or should we go?

SHOULD we stay or should we go? And, more to the point, does anyone outside of the Westminster elite actually care?

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1 Jul 2014 10:20

Safe gambling ad is a World Cup winner

Imagine the classic image of a man who has lost a bet - for example in some high powered card game in a movie, the sort where fortunes are at stake and ruin is staring the loser in the face. It could turn ugly.

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27 Jun 2014 09:31

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

LAST week I was delighted to be able to vote for a proposal that will make sure that anyone convicted of a carrying a knife for a second time faces six months in jail

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19 Jun 2014 15:03

Who we'll be following in this summer's sporting events

This summer is a veritable feast of sporting events for English sports fans with so much going on across the world in so many different sports.

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17 Jun 2014 13:20

A Mid-East bank account is worth the money

To seasoned overseas workers the vagaries of international problems are just so much distraction from the real business to hand - and that’s arguably never more true than in the multi-faceted Middle East.

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13 Jun 2014 09:30

I'm swapping football for tennis

IT’S official, I’m going to become a tennis fan. You never get this sort of nonsense at Wimbledon.

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13 Jun 2014 09:30

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

THIS week we heard that the Education Funding Agency, the part of the Department for Education with responsibility for reviewing and selecting sites for new schools, has purchased High Ridge in Upper Warren Avenue, Caversham, with the intention of clearing the site and building a new primary school.

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12 Jun 2014 16:20

Why our phones aren't safe in Reading

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8 May 2014 12:30

Mortgage matters –Buying a home; do you have everything sorted?

Get advice, and plenty of it, is surely the best approach to adopt when taking on what is likely to be the most major - and stressful - purchase you are ever likely to make.

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18 Apr 2014 09:32

The Week in Westminster: With Reading East MP Rob Wilson

WE have a short break from Westminster this week for Easter, so I thought I’d would raise a couple of local issues that are making me a bit grumpy at the moment.

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18 Apr 2014 09:31

We need to solve schools equation

IT PAINTS a telling picture that while a record number of children are celebrating being offered a place at their first choice of primary school, the percentage of youngsters getting allocated their number one option has dropped.

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18 Apr 2014 09:30

Can we really afford to switch off?

QUITE often I’ll merrily draft my column at some bizarre hour. I’m

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11 Apr 2014 09:31

The Week in Westminster: With Reading West MP Alok Sharma

INDIVIDUALS in work will feel a little better off at the end of this month, as they receive their first pay cheques following the increase in the Personal Allowance to £10,000 at the start of the tax yea

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