Reading Lib Dems canvassing

Liberal Democrats in Reading have confirmed their candidates and manifesto for the 2016 Reading Borough Council elections.

Current Liberal Democrat Councillor Meri O’Connell is re-standing in Tilehurst. Meri has served Tilehurst as a Councillor for 4 years. During this time she has helped many local people with problems ranging from parking on grass verges, defending Tilehurst library against cuts, to promoting road safety and helping residents pursue complaints against the Council.

Francis Jakeman is standing in Redlands, where he lives. Francis moved into the area after retiring from the Church of England in 2013 and currently serves as the Chair of the Reading True Food co op. He is also active in his local parish church of St Lukes. He brings nearly forty years of experience working in different areas as a clergyman, which he hopes to use to benefit his neighbours by serving as their councillor.

Former councillors Kirsten Bayes, Glenn Goodall and Rebecca Rye will also be standing, in Abbey, Kentwood and Park Wards respectively.

The full listing is:

Abbey: Kirsten Bayes

Battle: John Grout

Caversham: Chris Burden

Church: Ben Thomas

Katesgrove: Margaret McNeill

Kentwood: Glenn Goodall

Mapledurham: Jenny Woods

Minster: James Moore

Norcot: Jon Walls

Park: Rebecca Rye

Peppard: Peter Boardley

Redlands: Francis Jakeman

Southcote: Mark Cole

Thames: Guy Penman

Tilehurst: Meri O’Connell

Whitley: Roy Haines

Margaret McNeill, the Chair of Greater Reading Lib Dems said, “The Lib Dems are fielding a strong team of candidates, with lots of experience of campaigning for and helping local people.”

Cllr Ricky Duveen said, “Locally we are concentrating on two key issues; the need to build many more affordable houses in Reading and the implementation of 20 mph limits on all residential roads in Reading. Labour’s record on both is patchy and the Tories do not support either policy.”

Read the full Reading Liberal Democrats 2016 Local Election manifesto here >