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  • Sponsors sought for Durga Puja | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Contact Links Sponsors sought for Durga Puja 29th July 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West is calling on local businesses interested in sponsoring the annual Durga Puja festival to get in touch to help make this year s festival the best yet The Durga Puja festival of which Alok Sharma is a patron has been organised by the Bengali Cultural Society since 2013 and marks Berkshire s biggest cultural event of the year This year s festival will take place over five days from the 18th 22nd October at the Rivermead Leisure Centre Traditionally the festival of Durga Puja is an annual event which is celebrated all over India and across the world For Indians and Bengalis it is an opportunity for the local community to come together to mark the victory of the Goddess Mother Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura which celebrates the victory of Good over Evil Each day of the Reading s Durga Puja festival will begin with morning worships to Mother Durga and will include activities and workshops for adults and children as well as a wide ranging selection of stalls exhibitions and cultural programmes food and festivities A full schedule will be published closer to the festival The Bengali Cultural Society is a local registered charity set up in 1982 which aims to advance the education of the public in Bengali and Indian culture language and heritage including the music art literature traditions and history of Bengal and India Alok Sharma said This year s festival is shaping up to be the best yet with thousands of people expected to attend from across Berkshire and further afield The organisers are currently looking for businesses interested in sponsoring the festival in exchange for advertising space in the official programme or to

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  • WW1 Indian soldiers exhibition | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    The Legacy of Valour exhibition commemorates the remarkable but too often forgotten contribution that India made to all major theatres of war between 1914 and 1918 The exhibition will host many rare documents and photographs that have not been seen in public for a century and will highlight the connection of Indian pilots with Reading where they were trained as Royal Flying Corps combat pilots Alok will join Inderpal Singh Dhanjal the Legacy of Valour Project Lead to welcome the chief guests His Excellency Mr Ranjan Mathai the Indian High Commissioner and Mr James Puxley Her Majesty s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire The exhibition will open to the public with free admission from 2nd August 31st August 2015 at the Reading Museum and Town Hall In addition to the main gallery there will be another small display on the ground floor of the museum and will be open to the public until 10th January 2016 Alok Sharma who attended the launch of Legacy of Valour and has been invited to speak at the launch of this new exhibition said The Legacy of Valour project is an excellent initiative to commemorate the enormous but little known contribution that Indian soldiers made to defend our freedom We should never forget that one in six personnel involved in the First World War under British command were from the India subcontinent and 18 Victoria Crosses were awarded to soldiers in the Indian Army fighting for Britain Inderpal Singh Dhanjal the Legacy of Valour Project Lead said I am pleased that community members who are supporting the project believe as passionately as we all project volunteers do They all consider this heritage project a worthwhile cause Also we are encouraged to receive the valuable support and expertise from many of our

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  • Utulivu Annual Conference | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Utulivu Annual Conference 13th July 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Sunday 12th July 2015 presented certificates at Utulivu Woman s Group s seventh annual conference The conference was held at the Reading Hilton Hotel and sees the gathering of women of African origin living in Berkshire come together every year to celebrate achievements of women Launched in July 2004 as a women s community group Utulivu Women s Group is a registered charity in Berkshire covering Reading Bracknell Slough West Berkshire Wokingham and the surrounding areas Utulivu is a Swahili word meaning patience and the language is spoken across several countries in Africa The organisation aims to integrate women into the wider community while celebrating diversity by promoting healthy living and family relationships This year s annual conference celebrated woman s achievements throughout the year Alok Sharma presented certificates to women who completed the Women of Purpose series Woman of Purpose is a series of events that promotes the 4 Magic P s of women s empowerment Passion Persistence Patience and Purpose At the event the achievements of women who celebrated a variety of various academic programmes were also celebrated Alok Sharma said It was wonderful to be invited back to the Utulivu annual conference and be there to celebrate the achievements of women in Reading It is clear what a fantastic job Utulivu does in the local community and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future Cecily Mwaniki founder of Utulivu and the CM Network said As a group we can confidently say that

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  • News | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links News Bastille Day Festival Alok Sharma cuts ribbon at opening of Bastille Day Festival Reading 13th July 2015 Sharma welcomes Summer Budget Alok Sharma welcomes comprehensive Summer Budget 8th July 2015 Treatment of fibromyalgia Alok leads Parliamentary debate on fibromyalgia 6th July 2015 Give Someone a Start campaign Sharma welcomes initiative to help young people find work 6th July 2015 Babies in Buscot Alok Sharma supports Babies in Buscot silent auction 25th June 2015 Fibromyalgia Alok Sharma to lead Parliamentary debate on Fibromyalgia 25th June 2015 previous 10 of 134 next Sign up for

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  • Careers Service (Young People) debate
    ourselves and some of us know young people and we know that it is second nature for them to use the internet to do research Professor Alison Wolf who led the Government review of vocational education has said very clearly that there is a role for the Government in providing online updated information on what is available It is entirely consistent that online provision is one of the things that will be happening Lilian Greenwood I agree that young people often want to access information through new technology but does the hon Gentleman consider it an adequate replacement for guidance and the opportunity to discuss options face to face Alok Sharma Clearly we need to have both Interruption Hang on let me finish Schools will be able to access this information I want to talk about what is happening on my patch in Reading It is vital that not just schools but businesses have a key role in providing careers advice because at the end of the day they have an interest in interacting with their future employees It is vital that we do not forget that element As the Minister knows because he is opening it at the end of the month we have organised an interactive careers fair we have called it a futures fair open to all secondary schools in my constituency We have organised it with the educational charity Central Berkshire Education Business Partnership which I guess is the sort of external service provider that we are talking about I have long thought it important I am sure that other Members have too that we connect schools and business and that careers advice is not provided in isolation by schools and teachers When I began the initiative I wondered how we would fund it but actually businesses bent over backwards to provide funding We are holding it at the conference centre at the Madejski football stadium in Reading it is going to be a very big event and schools will not have to pay a penny because it will be fully funded by business More than 60 organisations including businesses multinationals and local companies are taking part An hon Member said that we need alumni and former students in positions of responsibility in companies to come and talk to pupils in schools which is exactly what we will have every sector will be covered from engineering to IT and apprenticeships providers along with seminars on practical skills including on how to write a CV perform in mock interviews secure an apprenticeship manage money and budget There will also be advice on pursuing a science career Hon Members have rightly said that we need to encourage STEM subjects The careers fair is also about ensuring that before the students arrive they know exactly what to expect and that afterwards there will be follow up sessions with teachers Hon Members talked about the need to involve families and parents There will be an opportunity after the school day

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  • Home Office Questions: Policing Reading Festival
    of people attended that event which has had problems with crime in the past so Thames Valley police are to be congratulated on the work they did this year to reduce crime The Thames Valley force is a very good example of a force that is committed to ensuring that it retains front line and response policing while also cutting costs by for example collaborating with other forces Hansard Alok

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  • Libya: Humanitarian Aid
    congratulate the Prime Minister on leading the international effort in Libya May I say that it is rather refreshing finally to have a Prime Minister who leads from the front Will he give us a few more details on the humanitarian aid that Britain and the international community are providing and are planning to provide which will be incredibly important in the days weeks and months ahead The Prime Minister I am happy to do that We have helped through the ICRC to provide medical assistance to 5 000 people We have provided food for I believe around 700 000 people We are working with others to provide water as well On the humanitarian situation we have always been ready to do more The planning carried out by the Department for International Development has been first class The needs have not always been as great as predicted because the Libyans have responded themselves relatively rapidly to deal with shortages and problems Hansard Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West Berkshire Reading Battle Kentwood Minster Norcot Southcote Tilehurst and Whitley West Berkshire Birch Copse Calcot Pangbourne Purley Theale

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  • Alok Sharma condemns phone hacking scandal and welcomes inquiry
    this morning giving further details of the judicial inquiry I also welcome the very forthright views that he has set out in the past few weeks and today on this issue His frankness about the collective failure of politicians the press and the police to get to grips with this whole issue much earlier has been very much in line with the mood of the House and of those outside it The Leader of the Opposition said in the House last week that all of us should accept our share of responsibility for not having spoken out more on these issues Official Report 13 July 2011 Vol 531 c 391 He was right The Labour Government of the day did not act on the Information Commissioner s reports of 2006 or on the Culture Media and Sport Committee s report of 2003 To be fair the Prime Minister has also said that the then Opposition did not make enough of those reports either We know that phone hacking was discussed in Cabinet by the previous Labour Government but they did not act Last week the right hon Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Mr Brown came to the House and spoke at length absolving himself from responsibility for not taking action on his watch I do not know whether he forgot but he was Chancellor and then Prime Minister He was in charge but he did not act By contrast this Prime Minister has acted decisively He has taken weeks to set up a public inquiry not years I should also add that the freedom of the press is a hugely important part of our democracy We all want to see a clean press but we do not want to see a cowed press I hope that as the inquiry gets under way that will be uppermost in the minds of those leading the inquiry There has been lots of focus quite understandably on News Corp and the Murdochs in recent weeks but we must also keep it in mind that the issues we are discussing have a bearing on the media as a whole not just the Murdoch press As has been mentioned the 2006 Information Commissioner s investigation spoke of a widespread and organised undercover market in confidential personal information In the Operation Motorman case the police and the ICO found evidence that there were about 300 journalists working for a wide range of newspapers that had used a variety of techniques to obtain personal information and stories This morning s report from the Home Affairs Committee was pretty clear It said Some of the information could have been obtained only illegally It is clear that it is not only the Murdoch press that has questions to answer and the inquiry needs to take a long hard look at all those issues I also welcome the fact that that the judicial inquiry will consider relevant police forces other than the Met but we need to remember that the vast

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