Some of the speakers from L to R: Matt Rodda MP, Phillip Lee MP, Councillor Rob White, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey, speaker from the Women’s Equality Party, and Vanessa Rogers from Berkshire for Europe

A demonstration and march against Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament took place in Reading on Saturday 7 September. Speakers included Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, and Phillip Lee, MP for Bracknell, who left the Conservative Party last Tuesday and joined the Liberal Democrats.

The event was organised by Reading Liberal Democrats but was a cross-party affair uniting many anti-Brexit groups including the Green Party, Berkshire for Europe, the Women’s Equality Party and EU flag mafia who all spoke in Town Hall Square.

The march started from the western end of Broad Street and proceeded to Market Place before arriving at the statue of Queen Victoria.

Matt Rodda MP paid tribute to Councillor Ricky Duveen who lost his Tilehurst seat in the 2018 local election following his support for a Muslim community centre in a planning committee just before the poll. Councillor Duveen was re-elected in the 2019 local elections.

Matt Rodda told the assembled crowd that he was among a small group of Labour MPs who had voted ‘no’ in the commons vote on Wednesday 4 September on whether to call an early general election; most of his colleagues had not voted. He said that he would be campaigning to remain in the EU.

Imogen Shepherd-DuBey will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Reading East in the next general election.

Local Labour and Conservative Party councillors did not speak at the event.

On Tuesday evening, 3 September, Reading and District Labour Party held a stop the coup demonstration in Town Hall Square. There were speeches from the chair, Councillor Sarah Hacker, Councillor Rob White from the Green Party; Liberal Democrat councillor Ricky Duveen; Robert Dimmick from the Reading Düsseldorf Association and local unions.


Links
  1. Matt Rodda MP homepage
  2. Phillip Lee MP homepage
  3. New Liberal Democrat candidate selected for Reading East
  4. Reading Liberal Democrats
  5. Reading Green Party
  6. Berkshire for Europe
  7. Women’s Equality Party Reading
  8. EU flag mafia
  9. Reading Düsseldorf Association
  10. Reading Borough Councillors
  11. Reading & District Labour Party
  12. Reading East Conservatives
  13. Reading West Conservatives
  14. Reading Borough Council local election results