This week’s In My View comes from Reading East’s Labour MP Matt Rodda. He writes:

Reading Gaol is one of the most important historic buildings in Berkshire, yet its future is still hanging in the balance.

As a result, I am stepping up my campaign for the gaol to be turned into an arts and heritage hub.

I hope that pressure from the public, arts and heritage groups and community groups will focus the Governments’ attention on this important historic site and encourage Ministers to help save it.

I am due to meet the prisons Minister in the next few days, and I hope a cross party agreement can be reached about the future of the gaol, I am also working with Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West.

Together with local groups I have organised a march to show public support for the gaol becoming an arts and heritage hub. And, I would be delighted if as many residents as possible joined this to show their support. We are meeting at 12 noon outside the Hexagon, on Saturday March 21st .

In the last few weeks I have been busy in Parliament and in Reading and Woodley with a wide range of other issues.

I believe it is particularly important to campaign for urgent action to tackle climate change and I have been calling for the Government to do much more to support public transport and walking and cycling.

This is both an important local issue and something I am keen to promote as a Shadow Junior Transport Minister.

I’ve also been continuing to raise concerns about Brexit and I am calling for the Government to rethink its approach and to continue to have a close working relationship with the EU.

I believe maintaining close ties is important to our local community, with so many EU residents living in Reading and Woodley, and to vital public services, which have many staff from the European Union and to our local economy.

One aspect of this is standing up for the rights of British people living in the EU and EU residents living in Britain.

And, I am contacting residents about this to understand more about the range of problems people now face.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these issues or to talk about other matters, by phone on 0118 206 2967 or by email at