"I promise to defend services for those who most need them" Standing for Tilehurst & Purley
Standing for Tilehurst & Purley

Ben is shocked that in one of the richest areas in the fifth richest country in the world, we are seeing what feels like a systematic destruction of everything that makes us civilised. He thinks this is due to a combination of politically-motivated austerity measures, locally and nationally, as well as poor management. He believes that organisations function best when all the people who work for them are treated as professionals – and not punished or rewarded based on targets and ratings.

The most vulnerable in society – the sick, disabled, elderly, young, those recovering from illness or addiction – suffer the most. This has resulted across the country in record suicides, violent crime, and homelessness. As you would expect, Tilehurst and Purley have not seen the worst of this by any means, but the effects have not gone unnoticed even here.

Ben has worked in both public service and private industry – in farming, gardening, teaching but most of his time in Telecoms.

The son of a Jewish refugee, a father, cyclist, traveller and an allotment holder, Ben has campaigned on numerous issues over the years, including against the poll tax, against racism and the siting of an incinerator, against the war in Iraq, for proper funding of health, education and services and for nuclear disarmament to name a few.

Ben prefers action to meetings, but will gladly suffer them to get things done for the sake of the residents and to fight for their interests. He is passionate about talking and listening to people and pledges to do that when he gets elected.

Promoted by Tony Skuse on behalf of Ben Rayner all at address of Office 34, 62 Portman Road, Reading RG30 1EA

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