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  • Sharma welcomes intervention of Secretary of State to speed up works on Cow Lane bridges
    for drivers but work to transform the bridges as part of the upgrade to Reading Station has been held up by a dispute with landowners Alok Sharma said I am delighted that the Conservative Secretary of State has given approval for a compulsory purchase order There is an overwhelming case that the works on the Cow Lane bridges are in the public interest so this is really a victory for

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  • MP calls on council to review road safety at all Reading schools
    the first free schools in the country is increasing its pupil numbers each year as it takes on extra year groups and the area is therefore getting much busier particularly during school drop off and pick up times Local parents have reported a number of near misses in Brownlow Road and are concerned that if action is not taken soon then a serious incident is likely to occur Alok gave a cautious welcome last week to the Council s response to a similar campaign in Dee Road by parents at English Martyrs Primary School In that case the Council has promised to install a pedestrian crossing following a consultation of local residents Alok Sharma said Following the work I have done to support parents at English Martyrs Primary School in Dee Road a number of other schools have contacted me to raise their own concerns about road safety and it is increasingly apparent that the Council needs to undertake a review of road safety measures across all Reading schools Alok continued The near misses being reported outside All Saints Infant and Junior Schools are incredibly worrying and sadly I fear they are typical of issues across the town I want the Council to respond as a matter of urgency to the requests from All Saints Infants and Junior School for safety measures and more widely it would make a lot of sense for a comprehensive review of road safety measures outside all schools This is likely to be more efficient and cost effective for the Council in the long run to deal with road safety issues outside schools rather than the reactive piecemeal approach currently being followed Chair of Governors at All Saints Infants Dorothy Yuille said We are very grateful to Alok for his involvement in our campaign as

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  • Sharma speaks to SSE about apprenticeships programme ahead of National Apprenticeships Week
    SSE which represents an overall investment of 64m SSE Trainees help maintain the 205 000 km of SSE s power lines across its distribution and transmission networks and its power stations wind farms and hydro projects They will carry out commercial or domestic electrical work Alok Sharma said The Government has delivered more new apprenticeships in 2 years than Labour did in 5 years This is one of the Government s greatest achievements and I am pleased the Prime Minister has given a 1billion commitment to go even further in the next five years and deliver 3 million new apprenticeships Alok continued It is important we raise the status of apprenticeships so that in the future young people leaving school view entering an apprenticeship in equal merit to going to university To achieve this we must ensure apprenticeships are of a high quality and valued by employers Putting businesses in the driving seat over the design of apprenticeships is raising standards and ensuring apprenticeships are rigorous as well as responsive to employers needs Government and SSE research shows People with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship earn on average over 100 000 more over the course of their career than those without On average 86 of apprentices stay in employment after completing their apprenticeship with 67 staying with the same employer SSE figures show that since 2012 95 of SSE apprentices have stayed with the company 28 of young people are taking subjects that apply to the energy industry which has an ageing workforce It is estimated that 50 of the energy sector s workforce will leave or retire by 2023 therefore 208 000 new people are required within this period SSE offers apprenticeship programmes lasting three to four years in nine different areas ranging from contracting electrical mechanical and heating and

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  • Sharma hosts International Women’s Day event in Parliament
    speech in which he spoke about the need for a more representative Parliament with a better gender balance and better representation from all communities as well as the work the Government is doing to help women in the workplace including extending flexible working introducing shared parental leave introducing Tax Free Childcare and free childcare for three and four year olds and the most disadvantaged two year olds Dr Phoebe Abe who escaped Idi Amin s regime in Uganda and came to Britain as a refugee where she completed her medical studies and went on to become a GP spoke about Female Genital Mutilation and her charity work to help end the practice The event also marked the launch of Dr Abe s book A Z Guide of FGM Alok Sharma said I was very pleased to host this International Women s Day event in Parliament which focused on empowering women I do think that more needs to be done so that the makeup of Parliament better reflects the communities that it represents and that means we need to encourage people from all backgrounds to put themselves forward as Parliamentary candidates Alok continued I am proud of the Government s work to help women at work by reducing the cost of childcare addressing the gender pay gap increasing flexible working and introducing shared parental leave There are now more women in work than ever before and more women led businesses and I hope that this positive trend will continue Cecily Mwaniki Managing Director of CMnetwork said Women will Make It Happen by owning and valuing the four Ds namely Defining themselves taking time to Dream taking time to Design the dream and Developing the dream This will be enhanced further by nurturing talent and mentoring young women and ensuring that they

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  • Sharma congratulates Churchend School for reaching final nine in Rolls Royce Science Prize | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Parliament for Reading West on Friday 27th February 2015 visited Churchend Primary to learn more about the school s science project which has earned it a place as a top nine finalist in this year s competition for the Rolls Royce Science Prize The ECO MAD Environment Conservation Observe Monitor Analyse Discover project has been designed to inspire pupils to be passionate about nature the environment and their preservation nurturing the children at Churchend School to become citizen scientists The project is also helping to facilitate the introduction of the new maths and science curriculums Alok met with Dr Nicholas Allen who teaches at Churchend School and is project lead for ECOMAD to find out what the school has been doing to encourage pupils to take an active interest in science maths and the environment Throughout the year children across the school will be engaging in an exciting range of environment conservation activities that will see them determining the health of the woodlands at Blundells Copse Lousehill Copse and Rushall Farm before implementing measures to help the environment flourish Equipped with their knowledge and spades the children at Churchend have participated in locally organised environment conservation and woodland management activities making a valuable contribution to the local community as well as developing a sense of pride in their local and open spaces The Rolls Royce Science Prize is an annual awards programme that helps teachers implement science teaching ideas in their schools and colleges The Prize recognises and rewards excellence in Science teaching and promotes innovative and sustainable strategies for teaching science which addresses a specific need in schools while at the same time contributing to teachers professional development The winner of the competition will be announced at a celebration dinner at the Science Museum in November Alok Sharma said

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  • Oxford Road Community School pupils visit Parliament | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Oxford Road Community School pupils visit Parliament Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West last week met with members of the school council from Oxford Road Community School during a visit to Parliament made possible thanks to a donation to the school by First Great Western Alok organised a tour of Parliament for the pupils and then met with them to discuss the role of a Member of Parliament First Great Western helped to facilitate the tour by providing the pupils with free tickets to travel into London Alok Sharma said I was very pleased to meet with members of the school council from Oxford Road Community School The group asked some very intelligent questions and showed a great deal of interest in the way Parliament is run Many thanks to First Great Western for helping out with the travel for this school trip which was enjoyed by all A spokesperson for FGW said First Great Western is committed to supporting the communities that we serve and I am delighted to have been able to support these youngsters travel to London to visit their MP and find out about his work Photo Alok Sharma with members of the school council

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  • Sharma calls for urgent meeting with administrators over River View Care Home | 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 Sharma calls for urgent meeting with administrators over River View Care Home Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed concern at the news that the parent company of River View Care Home in Rodway Road has gone into administration Alok is writing to Deloitte the appointed administrators to request an urgent meeting to discuss the future of the care home and ensure residents are properly looked after Alok Sharma said It is of course very concerning to hear that Life Style Care which owns River View Care Home have gone into administration I hope that there will be minimum disruption to residents however I am seeking an urgent meeting with the administrators to make sure that residents continue to receive high quality care and that they are fully considered in any decisions that are made about the future of the care home Alok continued If any of my constituents have any concerns about relatives living in River View Care Home then I ask them to please contact me by emailing alok sharma mp parliament uk or call my office on 01189 413 803 Printer friendly version Sign up for my

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  • News | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Sharma welcomes Big Lottery Fund grants for Reading West good causes Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news that over the last five months the Big 13th February 2015 Sharma slams council attitude to schools as utterly complacent Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has condemned Reading Borough Council s response to a critica 10th February 2015 Sharma welcomes extra funding for schools in Reading West Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news announced yesterday that two Tilehurst 10th February 2015 Sharma welcomes good progress on superfast broadband provision Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news that 91 per cent of homes in Reading We 9th February 2015 Sharma disappointed by council refusal to sign up to government broadband scheme Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed disappointment that Reading Borough Council has 6th February 2015 Sharma re opens revamped pharmacy on Oxford Road Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West officially opened a newly revamped LloydsPharmacy on Oxford R 6th February 2015 previous 17 of 134 next Sign

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