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Daisy Benson selected as prospective candidate for the Reading West constituency

Reading Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce the selection of Daisy Benson as our prospective candidate for the Reading West constituency. Daisy is a popular and hard working councillor for the Reading Borough Council ward of Redlands where she has built up a reputation as the people’s champion.

Within the Council group Daisy is Deputy Leader and Chair of the Housing and Health Scrutiny panel. She also chairs the Safer Communities (South) Forum.

Nationally Daisy is one of the Liberal Democrat representatives on the Local Government Association’s Safer Communities Board and she is also a board member of the Empty Homes Agency.

Daisy was nominated last year for the Lib Dem Voice “Best Use of Social Media” award in recognition of her innovative use of Facebook and has just been shortlisted for the Online Councillor of the Year award from the Local Government Information Unit.

Daisy Benson says: “I’m starting late in this race but I’ve got loads of energy and I’m confident I’ll be able to get my message out there. I want to build on what I have done in Reading over the past four years so I can help more people and change Reading West for the better.

“In particular I plan to campaign for better housing for all, better health services and real action to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.”

If you would like to help Daisy win in Reading West, please email us or telephone 0118 967 0009. You can also visit her web site

Empty Homes: Major Pledge Launched as Reading’s Lib Dem Action Welcomed

The Liberal Democrats nationally launched a major manifesto pledge as part of our ‘Green New Deal’ to bring a quarter of a million empty homes back into use nationwide, creating some 65,000 jobs. Reading East prospective Liberal Democrat MPGareth Epps has welcomed reports by Reading Borough Council of action to tackle empty properties since the Lib Dem move for the Council to do more.

Gareth moved the motion in October 2007 that got Reading Borough Council to agree to a strategy to take action on empty homes, after the Labour Council took their eye off the ball for many years.

The Liberal Democrats have also uncovered that the true number of empty properties in Reading is 2,543 – many times more than Reading Borough Council claims. The figures are arrived at from Council Tax statistics.

Gareth said:-
“The action being taken by Reading Borough Council as a direct result of Liberal Democrat action is welcome.

“But locally and nationally we could do so much more. Nationally the package announced will provide a vital economic stimulus for the green economy. Locally we need to continue to develop action to tackle empty homes.

“Lib Dems today have set out where our priorities lie: fairness, new jobs and a roof over people’s heads. It’s a scandal that so many empty homes lie abandoned. Our action, locally and nationally, is about providing a real win-win for local communities.”

Editor’s Notes:

The Liberal Democrats today set out plans to bring a quarter of a million empty homes back into use, making homes available for people who need them and creating 65,000 jobs.

There are over 760,000 empty properties across England which are no longer used as homes but can be brought back into use with some investment. People who own these homes will get a grant or a cheap loan to renovate them so they can be used: grants if the home is for social housing, loans for private use.
A full breakdown of the number of empty homes in each English local authority is attached

The plans form part of the economic stimulus package outlined as a core principle of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. In the first year of the new Parliament, the party would redirect over £3.6bn of spending to create jobs and build up Britain’s infrastructure. In the following years this money will be redirected to other Lib Dem spending priorities and reducing the structural deficit.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg today launched the plans with Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Vince Cable and Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister, Sarah Teather. Visiting the College of North West London, they met students on construction and engineering courses who would benefit from these new plans.

Gareth Epps puts fairness at the heart of Reading East’s Liberal Democrat campaign

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will fight the General Election on four key principles, designed to make Britain a fairer place.

Prospective MP for Reading East, Cllr Gareth Epps has today set out his campaign priorities: fair taxes; a fair start for every child; fair, clean and local politics and a fair, green economy with jobs that last.

Gareth said:
“People in Reading East have been let down by politicians. There is frustration and anger about the airbrushing, the broken promises and the spin. I am going into the election with a clear direction and a manifesto that is short, direct and to the point.

“We will introduce fairer taxes by closing loopholes for the richest, introducing a tax on mansions and tax cuts of £700 for everyone else.

“For those with children at school, we can promise investment to help reduce class sizes, improve discipline and develop one-to-one tuition. This will benefit those from the poorest backgrounds the most, ending the disgraceful failure of Labour in Reading to give every child an equal chance in life.

“We would also give you the right to sack your MP. The Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to real change of our political system; it’s time we flushed out big money and corrupt donors and reduced the number of MPs by 150.

“And we will rebuild the economy in a way that promotes green technology and creates lasting jobs. We will put an end to casino banking, bring back competition and support local entrepreneurs in every part of Britain to make sure businesses in Reading East can find the money they need to grow.

“The coming months are a crucial time for politics. I will be using them to focus on these four priorities and delivering real change for people in Reading, Caversham, Woodley and Earley.”

In his recent speech (11-Jan), Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

David Cameron and Gordon Brown are playing the politics of the airbrush and the focus group.

“One doesn’t know what he believes. The other doesn’t know what to do with the power he clings to so desperately.

“I believe the country wants something different. The Liberal Democrats are different. We offer credibility where it’s needed. And hope for our common future.”

Upcoming Events

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Events on August 30, 2014
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    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: August 31, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: Kings Meadow, Napier Road, Reading, United Kingdom
Events on August 31, 2014
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    Ends: August 31, 2014 - 10:30 pm
    Location: The Abbot Cook, 153 London Rd, Reading, United Kingdom


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