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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote different ways on the latest, and probably last, EU withdrawal bill

Reading’s MPs, Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted different ways on the European Union withdrawal agreement bill (WAB) in the House of Commons on 20 December.

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Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma shuffle through the same division lobby twice on the night of the 3 April!

Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) both voted ‘no’ on the European Union Bill Committee Amendment 1 – Main and European Union Bill Committee NC4 – Cash in a late night sitting of the House of Commons on 3 April. In all other votes on the night on the European Union Withdrawal (No 5) Bill they voted in different division lobbies.

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East and west Reading point in opposite directions in the second round of indicative Brexit votes

Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) voted in parliament on the four indicative Brexit votes selected by the speaker on 1 April: Joanna Cherry’s motion G, Mr Clarke’s motion C, Nick Boles’s motion D and Peter Kyle’s motion E.

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The EU indicative votes of Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma

Both Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) took part in Westminster’s carnival of indicative votes on Wednesday 27 March.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote on opposite sides of Brexit again

Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted in opposite directions on two amendments to the European Union Withdrawal Act and amended main motion following a debate in the House of Commons on 25 March.

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50% increase in allotment rental planned


Reading Borough Council (RBC) plan to increase the rental on their 20 allotment sites by 50%. The proposal was included in the schedule of fees and charges within the RBC budget and medium term financial strategy approved by the council meeting on 26 February.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda both vote for Cooper’s EU withdrawal amendment

During the EU withdrawal debate on 27 February, Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) both voted in favour of Yvette Cooper‘s amendment requesting a delay in leaving the EU if the UK parliament is unable to accept the government’s EU withdrawal agreement.

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Reading to receive £210k Brexit funding and other financial tales

Budget – Honore Daumier, Comme Sisyphe.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will present the budget for the coming financial year and a medium term financial strategy (MTFS) for the next three years until 2022 at the policy committee on 18 February.

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Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma vote opposite ways on Brexit again

While we were focussing on the forthcoming business and debate at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) full council meeting last week, our MPs Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East and Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West and Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions) were going their separate ways again on Brexit.

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How Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma voted on the 29 January Brexit amendments

The House of Commons voted on seven amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Act yesterday evening. Reading MPs, Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West), voted opposite ways on six of the seven amendments.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about NHS staff and Brexit

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Matt Rodda (Labour, Reading East) spoke in the House of Commons on the evening of 28 January during the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal Bill). He highlighted the problems which Brexit might cause in his constituency because of the high proportion of NHS workers from the EU.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote different ways on the EU withdrawal bill

Both Reading MPs voted on the government’s flagship European Union withdrawal act yesterday, 15 January. Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) voted with the government and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted against. The government was defeated by 230 votes.

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Reading East MP Matt Rodda calls for government to reject no-deal Brexit

Reading East MP Matt Rodda (Labour) called upon the government to reject a ‘no deal’ Brexit in the Leaving the EU: No Deal debate in Westminster on 19 December.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Brexit debate day two

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Reading East MP Matt Rodda spoke on day two of the five day Brexit debate last Wednesday 5 December which dealt mainly with security and immigration.

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How Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma voted on Brexit legal advice disclosure

In advance of the start of the five day Brexit debate, the House of Commons debated and voted on a motion tabled by Keir Starmer (shadow secretary of state for exiting the European Union) on parliamentary privilege.

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How Reading East and Reading West MPs voted in the European Union (withdrawal) Bill debate

12 June was a big day in the House of Commons for Brexit as the debate and voting took place on a long list of amendments proposed by the House of Lords.

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Reading East MP Matt Rodda tries to get a straight answer from Boris Johnson

Reading East MP Matt Rodda attempted to get a straight answer from the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in parliament on 20 February.

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Matt Rodda interview: My priorities as Reading East MP

Matt Rodda with fellow Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (L) and Rose Williams (R) at the Katesgrove councillors’ surgery at Pau Brasil on Silver Street

The Whitley Pump met Matt Rodda, still Katesgrove councillor but more preoccupied with Westminster business these days, in the Global Cafe at RISC on London Street. He explained how he was pushing for things in Parliament that local people wanted and his top three priorities were to fight austerity, fight against hard Brexit and provide more affordable housing.

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Government approach to post-Brexit immigration ‘drives a cart and horses’ through families, says Reading East MP Matt Rodda

Matt Rodda

Reading East MP Matt Rodda (Labour) gave a speech during parliament’s UK nationals in the EU debate on 12 September in which he warned that the government’s “heavy handed” approach to post-Brexit immigration could split up families.

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Reading MPs vote different ways on the EU withdrawal bill

The EU withdrawal bill passed its first parliamentary test on the night of 11 September by 326 votes to 290. Both Reading MPs Matt Rodda (Reading East, Labour) and Alok Sharma (Reading West, Conservative) voted in line with their respective parties; Matt Rodda voted against the bill and Alok Sharma voted for it.

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