Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Speech to Wokingham Lunch Club on Friday 22nd August

  I would like to thank Barbara Houghton and the organisers of the lunch club, and the many members who attended. I spoke about the economic recovery, migration, the UK’s relationship with the EU and the Middle East and Ukrainian civil wars. As always I spoke without a text or notes, so those interested in […]

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Puppy farming

A number of constituents have sent me a copy of the latest email urging Parliament to ensure good standards of animal welfare. Like my correspondents I want to stop  cruelty to animals. Next week Parliament will debate the topic, and we will hear from the government what more can be done.

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Visit to Lowland Search and Rescue

  On Wednesday I visited the Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue team at Easthampstead Park.  They showed me their facilities, talked  about the good work the volunteers do, and discussed how to recruit more people and  attract more financial support. Lowland rescue specialises in helping find missing people on the request of the police. They also […]

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Response to constituents over civil wars

There have been horrific scenes on our tv screens from Iraq as the IS forces make their advance. We have seen the impact of the violence in the Israeli/Hamas conflict. The damage done in the Ukrainian civil war has not figured so prominently in the media, as journalists do not seem so interested in the […]

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Poppies at the Tower

  I am impressed by the  Poppies at the Tower art work. For £25 plus postage and packing you can contribute a poppy, with the net proceeds going to service charities. You will receive your poppy when the art work is taken down. Volunteers are also needed to plant the poppies. I have made my […]

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Wokingham Remembers

Following my article on the Great War, I have been contacted by Wokingham Remembers, a research group who have been building some knowledge of our area’s involvement in this event. They have a website here: Amongst other things, the group has posted the biographies of the 217 men on the Town Hall War Memorial, […]

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The Maiden Over

A number of constituents have contacted me about possible closure of the Maiden Over pub. I have been talking to councillors about what can be done in this situation: “I have taken an interest in the closure of pubs and the decline of the pub trade along with other MPs. Part of the problem is […]

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Help to buy assists Wokingham and West Berkshire home buyers

  Recent figures show that 91 people in the West Berkshire Council area, and 182 in the Wokingham Borough area have taken advantage of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Many people would like to be homeowners, but have struggled to save enough for the much larger deposits now required by banks and Building Societies. […]

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Apple press available for local charities

  I recently met representatives of Transition Wokingham who told me of their Community Apple press. The main aim of the apple press is to let people use apples that would otherwise go to rot in their gardens or when they fall from “orphan trees” by the roadside. There is a membership scheme for which […]

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Fairer funding for Wokingham and West Berks schools

  Following requests from MPs that the government offer fairer funding to schools around the country, the government has now completed its review. It agrees that our local schools were getting less than a fair share. As a result, Wokingham Borough schools will in future receive £700,000 a year more, and West Berkshire schools £400,000. […]

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    John Redwood has been the Member of Parliament for Wokingham since 1987. First attending Kent College, Canterbury, he graduated from Magdalen College, and has a DPhil from All Souls, Oxford. A businessman by background, he has been a director of NM Rothschild merchant bank and chairman of a quoted industrial PLC.
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