2019 General Election

by merioconnell on 30 October, 2019

The snap election that bit back!

by merioconnell on 12 June, 2017

People kept stopping me over the weekend to ask me what I think is going to happen to the country now? I’ve been answering honestly by saying ‘I have no idea – nobody does!’ We have been thrust into yet another period of uncertainty and instability by a Prime Minister who promised strong and stable […]

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Ending rough sleeping in Reading

by merioconnell on 12 May, 2017

  On my way to join the Reading Lib Dem team last week for a spot of campaigning in the town centre, I walked from The Broad St Mall to the Forbury Gardens holding my youngest daughter’s hand. She had been to a friend’s birthday party and was bouncing along chatting to me, full of […]

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On your marks, get set….

by merioconnell on 20 April, 2017

If you live in the Reading West area you can be forgiven for heaving a heavy sigh at the news that there is to be another General Election on June 8th this year. This was supposed to be our year off! During the 2015 election when I stood for the Lib Dems, even I sympathised […]

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Stop the long leases!

by merioconnell on 1 December, 2014

When Labour led Reading Borough Council decided to close the Arthur Clark Care home and Albert Road Day Care facility, Lib Dems led the call for the land to be kept for housing Caversham’s elderly residents. RBC has awarded the contract to A2 dominion and we’re pleased that work can begin and homes made available […]

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Transforming Youth Custody

by merioconnell on 25 September, 2014

It costs an average £100,000 per year to lock up a young person – with some placements costing up to £200,000. That’s more than 5 times the cost of sending someone to Eton. And yet 73% of young offenders who leave custody reoffend within 12 months. Something is not working and society is literally paying […]

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Reading and the floods

by merioconnell on 13 February, 2014

With the flooding that we have seen over recent weeks in our part of the world, and the increase in extreme weather that we are seeing across the globe, it is growing increasingly urgent that voters know which parties will take action on climate change and why staying in the EU plays a part in […]

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Volunteering – help others and help yourself!

by merioconnell on 18 November, 2013

Last month I met up with other Globe members (Go Local On a Better Environment) at the Corwen Road Sheltered Housing to dig out the big planter at the front and plant bulbs along the hedge at the back. The Tilehurst Globe do this every year, along with lots of other plantings that help make […]

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The Living Wage and Beyond

by merioconnell on 12 November, 2013

  All families are feeling the financial squeeze at the moment, but care workers, who visit our most elderly and  vulnerable residents, often don’t  even  take home the minimum wage! Their employers are able to reduce their pay further by tactics such as not paying for travel time between visits. Losing £1ph travelling when you […]

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Conference calls for equality for British Sign Language

by merioconnell on 7 November, 2013

Blog Piece originally written 23.09.13 and posted on the Greater Reading Lib Dem website Yet again I have had confirmed that I support the right party, which is always a great thing to be able to write. Today the Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow voted to ensuring that British Sign Language has legal status within […]

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