Our 2019 Local Election Candidates

By James Moore, Apr 26, 2019 6:04

A pen marking an X in a box.

Our candidates for the 2019 Local Elections in Reading, with a message from them to voters sent recently to the Reading Chronicle.

Dear Editor,

We note with dismay that the fee for auditing Reading Borough Council’s historical accounts now stands at over half a million pounds (reported 17/04/19). This is on top of the more than £11 million being wasted on historical equal pay claims, which Reading is the last major council to settle. It is an inexcusable waste of taxpayers’ money which should be spent on social care, our schools, and the lamentable state of our roads.

Reading Labour have run the Council for 29 of the last 30 years, and should be held responsible for this abject failure, coming hot on the heels of the children’s services scandal last year. The Conservatives’ fetish for ever-lower public spending is constraining us badly, but in the face of this, our Labour administration is simply pathetic.

Labour is taking the mickey, and the Conservatives are content to let public services collapse. We Liberal Democrats demand better – for Reading, for our services, our children, and our council tax payers' money.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Burden (Abbey Ward)
Dr. John B Grout (Battle Ward)
Hilary Smart (Caversham Ward)
Francis Jakeman (Church Ward)
Peter Kinsley (Katesgrove Ward)
Gary Coster (Kentwood Ward)
James Moore (Minster Ward)
Stew Elliott (Norcot Ward)
Chris Dodson (Park Ward)
Simon Smart (Peppard Ward)
Graham Alexander (Redlands Ward)
Marie French (Southcote Ward)
Guy Penman (Thames Ward)
Jo Ramsay (Thames Ward)
Ricky Duveen (Tilehurst Ward)
John Illenden (Whitley Ward)

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