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  • Norcot Community Centre
    to help promote fitness within the Barclays team In addition 15 members of staff from Barclays also took part in a 10km sponsored walk around the Reading area In total the Barlcays team raised 762 82 which has been matched by Barlcays Bank taking the total donation up to 1 525 64 The Norcot Community Association which was launched in 2014 brings together local residents to encourage greater community pride and spirit as well as aiming to reduce crime and anti social behaviour improve the local environment protect and improve local amenities and encourage regeneration of the community centre Alok Sharma said A big thank you to Barclays Bank for taking on board my suggestion to fundraise for the Norcot Community Centre and well done to all the staff members who made such a big effort to raise donations The Norcot Community Association does an excellent job helping to promote community spirit in the local area and I hope that this donation will help facilitate some much needed improvements at the Community Centre and help the Association to continue their outstanding work Councillor Tom Steele who represents Kentwood Ward and has been a long time supporter of the Norcot Community Centre said As a local Councillor I have been involved with the Norcot Community Centre and the highly motivated team of volunteers They will greatly appreciate the most generous gift from Barclays Bank and the hard working team whose great effort raised such a substantial sum Barclays Area Manager Steve Grenfell said Thank you to Alok for suggesting Norcot Community Centre to us We love standing shoulder to shoulder with our customers and supporting local initiatives which are a force for good in our community Kimberley Tippett Chair of Norcot Community Association said It has been a pleasure to work

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  • Tilehurst childcare petition
    Park but is not part of the main park and is currently unused However as the land is classified by Reading Borough Council as public open space the pre school s proposals have been dismissed Alok has been supporting Newbery Lodge s plans to expand since January 2014 and has been lobbying Reading Borough Council since then to encourage them to reconsider their inflexible approach An online petition has been launched to ask the Council to allow Newbery Lodge to expand and can be viewed by visiting https www change org p reading borough council help newbery lodge pre school and bring much needed facilities to arthur newbery park The petition has been welcomed by local residents and has received a large number of supportive comments which can be read on the petition website Alok Sharma said Given the Government s plans to extend free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds to 30 hours per week there will undoubtedly be a further increase in demand for childcare places It is therefore extremely short sighted of the Council to oppose the extension of Newbery Lodge which will increase choice for local parents and provide a café and toilet facilities for local people using Arthur Newbery Park Comments by members of the public on the petition website demonstrate that this proposal has local support and I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up Reading Council has an unfortunate track record of underestimating the number of school places required locally and there is a danger it is going the same way when it comes to estimating the need for childcare places Peter Capel Committee Chairman at Newbery Lodge Pre School said There will be pressure on pre school places in the area and parents want choice

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  • Denefield School
    espectful Kate McKim Deputy Head Girl at Denefield School also gave a speech at the presentation evening and spoke to Alok about CoGen a new student led social enterprise raising awareness of the widespread issue of child sexual exploitation CSE CoGen which was set up as part of the Young Enterprise project recently organised a stall at Denefield School s German Christmas Market during which they distributed handouts talked to visitors about CSE and organised a successful raffle To find out more about CoGen you can visit facebook com cogenye twitter com cogenye Alok Sharma said I was delighted to attend Denefield School s annual presentation evening Many congratulations to all the students who received certificates and trophies for all their hard work and a huge thank you also to the teaching staff led by Head Teacher Lucy Dawe for all their excellent teaching support and encouragement offered to pupils Despite only being in place in her new role for a few months it is clear that Ms Dawe who is hugely aspirational for all the students at Denefield is already having a big positive impact and is both hugely respected and greatly loved by the whole school community I wish her the best in her new role Alok continued It is very good to see that Denefield is not only encouraging its students to achieve their academic potential but also instils the students with a sense of values as part of its focus on CHARACTER which is reflected in the decision by senior students to set up CoGen a social enterprise aimed at raising awareness of issues around child sexual exploitation with the aim to save children from becoming victims of this heinous crime Headteacher Lucy Dawe said It is always a great pleasure to welcome back past students

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  • Royal Mail Christmas Visit
    and to meet the team working hard to deliver a first class Christmas at Royal Mail s busiest time of year Our postal workers do such an important job all year round and I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period Simon Foster Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at Reading West commented Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards letters and parcels to people across Reading West We are grateful that Alok visited the office to see our operation and to support the team Simon continued We d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings We would also like to ask everyone to please always use the postcode as this helps us greatly in the job that we do at this busy time The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are Second Class Saturday 19 December 2015 First Class Monday 21 December 2015 Special Delivery Wednesday 23 December 2015 Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps Post early Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early Use a postcode A clearly addressed card or parcel with a postcode and return address on the back of the envelope will ensure quick and efficient delivery Use Special Delivery For valuable and important packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail s Special Delivery which means your gift is tracked traced and insured against loss Wrap parcels well and always give a return address For more information about Royal Mail s last recommended posting dates visit www royalmail com greetings or

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  • Small Business Saturday | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    small business owners the opportunity to discuss any issues affecting their businesses which they believed the Government could address including Cash flow problems caused by late payment of invoices by large businesses One FSB member mentioned that they had not been paid for a large contract by a household name business During the dispute the small business owner had been offered immediate payment but only if they accepted a ten percent discount on the amount due Other attendees at the business breakfast agreed that the late payment of invoices can have a significant impact on cash flow for their businesses Alok noted that the Government has agreed to take action to tackle late payment by introducing a new Small Business Conciliation Service and Small Business Commissioners that could help handle disputes with larger businesses but agreed to raise this issue in the House of Commons in conjunction with other local MPs Difficulties communicating with HMRC and the high cost of compliance with HMRC taxation rules Attendees at the business breakfast also raised concerns about the difficulties they face dealing with HMRC including long delays to answering phone calls having to spend long periods of time chasing HMRC for refunds and having to prove innocence if HMRC incorrectly requested payment Alok spoke about the work of the Treasury Select Committee which has investigated and raised concerns about the administration and effectiveness of HMRC in the past and agreed to help organise a roundtable event to discuss this issue further The importance of science and innovation to business Alok agreed to write to the Minister responsible for science to ask whether Reading could be considered for a Science Catapult as part of the Government s strategy to bridge the gap between academia and the business community The Chancellor announced in the Government

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  • Christmas celebrations | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Christmas celebrations 7th December 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West helped kick off Christmas celebrations in Theale this weekend by helping to judge the Best Christmas Window competition The theme of the competition this year was A Christmas Carol with shops being judged on their creativity impact theme and effort Alok joined three other panellists to judge the competition including a longstanding Theale resident and two pupils from Theale Green School Winning the competition was Frame Direct a bespoke framing specialist shop who were presented with the coveted Best Christmas Window shield Florists Croppers in Bloom and charity Mercy in Action were both highly commended Father Christmas also made a special appearance switching on the Christmas lights on Theale High Street and set up a grotto for children to visit him and receive a gift The High Street was closed to traffic for a large Christmas market which included a host of Christmas themed food and gifts Holy Trinity Church made a special contribution to the evening s events by staging a traditional Nativity play featuring local primary school children and real donkeys while the choir sang carols in The Volunteer pub Alok Sharma said I was delighted to attend Theale Parish Council s superbly organised Christmas event many thanks to Parish Council Clerk Jo Friend and all the parish councillors and volunteers who helped to make the evening a wonderful success I thoroughly enjoyed judging the best dressed window competition which was very highly contested so congratulations to the winners Frame Direct Thanks also to all of the pupils from Theale Primary School who took part in the Nativity play which

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  • Little Heath School | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    December 2015 officially opened the new Sixth Form building at Little Heath School The new building has been designed to feel modern with clean lines and large open spaces for students to use while studying and socialising The design was put together to provide a university campus style space to help prepare students for the next step in their education and with a wide range of facilities built in for different types of learners Alok gave a speech at the opening praising the school for improving its Ofsted rating to Good last year before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the building Speeches were also made by David Ramsden Headteacher of Little Heath Wilma Grant Chair of Governors Councillor Peter Argyle Chairman of West Berkshire Council and Chris Telfer Chief Commercial Officer at UKN Group which works as a delivery partner to provide ICT resources to the school Little Heath Student Ambassadors then gave a vote of thanks to close the ceremony Earlier in the day Alok also met with some of the politics students at the school to talk about his work as a Member of Parliament and to provide advice on how to pursue a career in politics Alok Sharma said I was delighted to officially open the new Sixth Form building at Little Heath School which will provide a bright airy and comfortable space for students to study and learn It is a 21 st century space fit for delivering top class 21 st century education I also had an opportunity to hold a questions and answers session with 6 th formers before the official opening and was incredibly impressed by how articulate confident and positive they were which bodes well for the future Congratulations to head teacher David Ramsden and his staff the

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  • Syria Statement | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    requests from France the US and regional allies for UK military assistance acknowledges the importance of seeking to avoid civilian casualties using the UK s particular capabilities notes the Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations welcomes the Government s commitment to provide quarterly progress reports to the House and accordingly supports Her Majesty s Government in taking military action specifically airstrikes exclusively against ISIL in Syria and offers its wholehearted support to Her Majesty s Armed Forces I appreciate that some will disagree with this decision but ultimately I have to make a decision based on what I believe is right for Britain and I am happy to explain why I will vote this way First and foremost I believe that ISIL Daesh pose a direct threat to our country and our way of life As the Prime Minister has noted ISIL attack us because of who we are and not because of what we do In the last 12 months ISIL has been behind more than 40 successful terrorist attacks around the world The murder of 30 British citizens holidaying in Tunisia in June was linked to ISIL In October ISIL murdered 102 people at a peace rally in Ankara and a Russian passenger plane was blown out of the sky killing 224 people flying home from Sharm el Sheikh a resort visited by tens of thousands of British tourists every year In November ISIL murdered 43 people in Beirut and at least 130 people in Paris including one Briton Although action obviously comes with risks I believe that inaction not dealing with ISIL at source carries much graver risks The proposition that our military intervention in Syria will lead to ISIL threatening us on British soil is sadly redundant ISIL have already repeatedly tried to attack us in Britain In the last 12 months our police and security services have disrupted seven terrorist plots to attack the UK every one of which was either linked to ISIL or inspired by their propaganda It is wrong for the United Kingdom to sub contract its security to other countries and expect the aircrews of other nations to carry the burdens and the risks of striking ISIL in Syria to stop terrorism here in Britain Just over a year ago the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to support airstrikes in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to help defeat ISIL I do not believe it is logical or credible to confine action within borders that ISIL have disregarded Stopping ISIL means taking action in Syria because Raqqa is the centre of its command There is a strong case for intervention on a humanitarian basis ISIL is a terrorist organisation unlike those we have dealt with before Their brutality is staggering beheadings crucifixions the use of rape as a weapon and the slaughter of children The combination of the Assad regime s mass murder of its own people and ISIL s bloodthirsty work has created a

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