Jamie Wake 2014 Independent Candidate for Whitley ward in the Reading Local Elections
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    April 28th, 2014jamiewakerdgcandidate, elections, local candidate, whitley

    Today the Statement of Persons Nominated for election as a Borough Councillor for Whitley has been published and it confirms who will be standing for election in the ward of Whitley.  The candidates (and the wards they actually live in) are:

    • Jamie Wake – Independent Candidate (Lives in Whitley Ward)
    • Janel Blatter – Liberal Democrats (Lives in Katesgrove Ward)
    • Rachel Eden - The Labour Party Candidate (Lives in Norcot Ward)
    • Nicholas Brown – The Conservative Party Candidate (Lives in Whitley Ward)
    • Keith Johnson – Green Party (Lives in Park Ward)

    Surprisingly, UKIP have not fielded a candidate in Whitley and although the TUSC had listed Philip Dixon on their website as a candidate, he does not appear as a candidate on the Statement of Persons Nominated.  With Howard Thomas and his Common Sense Party having moved to UKIP there is also no Common Sense Party Candidate this year.  This leaves myself as the only alternative in Whitley to the main stream political parties this year.

    Looking across all the wards, Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems and the Greens have fielded candidates in all wards though it’s worth noting that some of these will be ‘paper candidates’.  This means that they are just a name on the ballot paper.  Those individuals are asked to stand to give that particular parties supporters a choice.  This is usually because a party will be directing its resources to its target wards.

    UKIP have fielded candidates in all wards except Battle, Norcot, Southcote, Thames and Whitley.  The Roman Party. AVE are standing again in Battle.  The TUSC were listed as fielding two candidates on their website - one in Whitley and the other in Katesgrove but have instead fielded just one in Caversham.  There are three independent candidates standing: Myself in Whitley, Mark Ralph in Peppard and John Dickson in Thames.

    There is also a by-election in Park Ward this year so my guess is that Labour, Tories and Greens will all be targeting that ward.

    The full list of candidates can be found here on the Reading Borough Council Page http://www.reading.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/voting/

    The full document can be found at:  http://www.reading.gov.uk/documents/electoral/27714/StatementofPersonsNominated28apr14LocalElections.pdf

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    April 14th, 2014jamiewakerdgelections, local candidate, whitley

    Well it seems the local election season in Reading has now begun and I’ve decided to stand again in 2014 to represent Whitley as an Independent Candidate.  I made the conscious decision in 2012 to stand an an independent candidate as I didn’t wait to get bogged down in party politics.  I want to represent the people that vote for me and meet their needs – not the needs of a political party.

    As you will see throughout this website, I have made a number of promises to the residents of Whitley.  To me, they’re rather simple but I’d like to give an explanation and the resoning behind some of them.

    • Continue to listen to residents and be accessible at all times
      This underlies why any residents decides to stand in an election.  To me, it’s to make a difference for the community that I live in.  I can do that by simply listening to residents – my neighbours – and respond to the issues that they present.  This means being accessible to them.  Whether that is in person, by phone, by social media or skype.  Living in Whitley, I talk to people on the bus, in the street and in the local bar.
    • Represent the rights and needs of our area on the council and make sure that my vote on the council is used for the benefit of Residents.
      Again, this is why most people stand in a local election.  I believe that you can only do this if you are not a member of a political party.
    • Protect valuable services used by people in our area and ensure that vulnerable adults and children get the support that they need
      Working in Social Care, I see the results of austerity measures on the people I cae and support for on a daily basis.  I’m passionate about ensuring that those who are vulnerable recieve the care and support they need, when they need it. What I do find distateful, is the game of political ping-pong that political parties play when discussing social care.  We need to be innovative if we are going to meet the needs of older people.  This means working together to create a solution that needs to be cost affective, that protects the vulnerable and meets the needs and outcomes of an individual requiring care services.  It’s a problem that requires a solution and Local Authorities should be engaging with Social Care Professionals and Service Users to solve this problem.
    • Work with residents, local police teams and Neighbourhood Action Groups to cut crime in our area
      I believe that together we can tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.  I’m a strong supported of neighbourhood watch for example.  Residents need to be empowered to report anti-social behaviour and crime.
    • Fight for investment in our neighbourhoods to help build cleaner, stronger, safer communities
    • Continue to fight against discrimination in our ward as well as Reading
      As many know with my involvement with the Reading Pride Festival and the Annual Hate Crime Vigil, I abor discrimination in all its forms.  I was subject to dog whistling tactics during the 2011 election about my sexuality. Yes, I’m openly gay but that doesn’t make me or any other individual a second class citizen.  We should celebrate and embrace our towns rich culture and diversity.
    • Be here all year – not just in the lead up to an election
      One of the complaints I hear where I live on Kennet Island is that elected officials only seem to be visble in the lead up to an election. I want to be visible.  Afterall, I live here and to keep my other promises I need to be visible all year round!

    So who else is standing in the 2014 Local Elections for Whitley Ward?

    So far, I can determine that the following candidates have indicated that they are standing:

    • Labour – Rachel Eden
    • Conservative – Nick Brown
    • Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition – Philip Dixon
    • Lib Dem – Janel Blattler
    • UKIP – TBA
    • Green Party – Keith Johnson

    I will add names and any other candidates as they become announced.  With Howard Thomas defecting to UKIP from The Common Sense Party, I’m not sure on the Common Sense Party’s status.

    Some of these candidates will be actively campaigning in Whitley whilst others are just what’s knows as ‘Paper Candidates’.  This means that a lib dem supporter, for example, will have a lib dem candidate to vote for.  I personally belive that this is a waste of an individuals vote and disrespectful to the voter if political parties are just doing it to put name on a ballot paper.

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    April 23rd, 2012jamiewakerdgelections

    Following discussions with other Political Parties in Reading who are fielding candidates in this years Local Elections, I am pleased to confirm that I will also be lending my support to the Clean Campaign Pledge to ensure a positive Election Campaign in Reading this year.

    I am not sure at this stage which other parties will be signing up to this pledge but the Clean Campaign Pledge States:

    We, the undersigned, pledge in the Reading Borough local election campaign:

    • To show by our actions that politics can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.
    • To tell the truth about what we have achieved and stand for and, and about what others have achieved and stand for.
    • To refrain from making personal attacks against, or misleading statements about, other candidates in written literature or verbally.
    • Not to mislead the public about who is doing well and about who is likely to win in these elections.
    • To make only honest and reasonable promises.
    • To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of Reading
    • In particular, to be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society, such as children and elderly people.
    • To take money only from organisations and individuals whose motives in giving us money we do not have reason to suspect.

    Although this pledge covers the obvious intolerance to racist or homophobic discrimination, I have requested that a line is added to make it clear that any form of discrimination is not acceptable.  It’s sad that it has  to be added in this day and age!

     

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    April 8th, 2012jamiewakerdgdiscrimination, elections

    Pledging support for Reading Pride As we’re all probably aware, there seems to be allegations of Dog Whistling tactics within Reading’s Local Elections at the moment and I was quite surprised to see a blogger quote a piece that I had written from my blog with regards to the experiences I encountered in my first election last year.

    As readers of my blog will know, I have never accused any particular local political party of the homophobia I encountered – even though I was told on numerous occasions where the comments that had been made were presumed to have originated from. Thankfully the experiences I had didn’t cause as much online controversy as the latest accusations have though they did spur me at the time to rekindle some of the campaigns I founded to fight discrimination – including the OK 2B GAY Campaign. It also reminded me of the need for the annual Reading Pride Festival (and the SupportU Centre) and so I became a trustee of the Reading Pride Charity. To do this in a position that is unbiased, I had to leave the lib dems and be independent of party politics altogether – in my mind the best move I could ever make – as It means that if elected, I can truly represent the needs of residents here in Whitley and not the needs of a political party.

    I don’t know the candidate in question whose election leaflet has caused this stir so I do not feel that I am in a position to have an opinion either way but its fair to say that whilst it is possible that there may have been some Dog Whistling tactics this year, it’s also fair to say that simply the wrong choice of words have been used and that in hindsight, a better way of expressing what they were trying to say could have been found.  I feel sorry for both the candidates involved – the labour candidate whose leaflet it is and the Tory candidate who bloggers are reporting the dog whistling tactics being aimed at. I really hope that this is just a genuine poor choice of words.

    I can’t abide racism or homophobia or discrimination in any shape or form. It has no place in society and has no place in Reading. That’s why my election posters and my election literature state very clearly that I will continue to fight against discrimination in our ward as well as Reading. I believe that I’m the only candidate that includes this or something similar in their manifesto.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, wake up to the alternative.

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    April 6th, 2012jamiewakerdgelections

    The Statement of Persons Nominated for this years 2012 Local Elections in Reading have been announced.  Each ward has a candidate from the major Political Parties in Reading Parties plus this year there are four independent candidates including myself.  Surprisingly, here in Whitley there are six candidates:

    Nick Brown (Conservatives)
    Rebecca Chester (Lib Dem)
    Mike Diamond (Common Sense Party)
    Keith Johnson (Green Party)
    Mike Orton (Labour)
    Jamie Wake (Independent)

    I wish everyone standing the best of luck.

    Battlelines have already been drawn up here in Reading.  We have recently seen news stories about deselected Tory Jamie Chowdhary announce that he is now standing as an Independent Candidate amidst a blaze of controversy.  We’ve also seen blog posts starting to accuse Labour of Dog Whistling tactics and racism in church Ward.  We’ll just have to see how that one unfolds.

    Here are the candidates standing in the other Reading Wards:

    Abbey:

    Kirsten Bayes (LD)
    Alex Coleman (Con)
    Hazel Murphy (Grn)
    Tony Page (Lab)
    Howard Thomas (CS)

    Battle:

    Imraan Ishtiaq (Con)
    Gul Khan (Lab)
    Alan Lockey (Grn)
    Jean-Louis Pascual (Rom)
    Mark Whiley (LD)

    Caversham:

    Richard Davies (Lab/Co-op)
    Jenny Hicks (Grn)
    Dave Luckett (Con)
    Jenny Woods (LD)

    Church:

    Annette Hendry (LD)
    Azam Janjua (Con)
    Vivienne Johnson (Grn)
    Kim Maysh (CS)
    Eileen McElligott (Lab)

    Katesgrove:

    Janel Blattler (LD)
    Richard Robeson (Con)
    James Towell (Grn)
    Michael Turberville (Ind)
    Rose Williams (Lab)

    Kentwood:

    Kevin Jackson (Grn)
    Matt Plunkett (CS)
    Daya Singh (Lab)
    Jon Walls (LD)
    Emma Warman (Con)

    Mapledurham:

    Isobel Ballsdon (Con)
    Chris Burden (LD)
    Dougie Coulter (Grn)
    Ashley Pearce (Lab)

    Minster:

    Sunil Gandhi (Grn)
    Georgina Hughes (LD)
    Alanzo Seville (Con)
    Liz Terry (Lab/Co-op)

    Norcot:

    Michael Fairfax (Con)
    Jo Lovelock (Lab)
    Margaret McNeill (LD)
    David Patterson (Grn)

    Park:

    Rachael Chrisp (Lab/Co-op)
    Hoyte Swager (LD)
    Laurence Taylor (Con)
    Jamie Whitham (Grn)

    Peppard:

    David Absolom (Lab)
    Mustafa Chaudhary (LD)
    Jamie Chowdhary (Ind)
    Kate Day (Grn)
    Jane Standford-Beale (Con)

    Redlands:

    Robert Booth (Grn)
    Tony Jones (Lab/Co-op)
    Leo Lester (Con)
    James Moore (LD)

    Southcote:

    Ali Asghar (Con)
    Debs Edwards (Lab)
    Kizzi Murtagh (Grn)
    David Warren (Lib Dem)

    Thames:

    Duncan Bruce (Lab/Co-op)
    John Dickson (Ind)
    Ed Hopper (Con)
    Helen McNamara (Grn)
    Guy Penman (LD)

    Tilehurst:

    Haji Banaras (Lab/Co-op)
    Doug Cresswell (Grn)
    William Macphee (UKIP)
    Meri O’Connel (LD)
    Rob Vickers (Con)

    Best of luck to everyone standing!

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    March 29th, 2012jamiewakerdgelections

    Jamie Wake - 2012 - Whitley CandidateI’m pleased to announce today that I have submitted my papers to the Electoral Service Team at Reading Borough Council to stand as an independent candidate in the 2012 local elections.  I am of course standing in the ward where I live, Whitley.

    I belive that many people have, like myself, become disenchanted with local politics as they watch the rows and playground antics between parties being played out on the pages of our local newspapers and the #RDG hanshtag on twitter!  Sadly this detracts from the hard work that many of our elected representatives carry out.

    Being an Independent Candidate means that I’m not subject to party politics and I can genuinely meet the needs of local residents, my neighbours, rather than the needs of a political party.

    I’m proud to be local and vocal and I believe that together, we can make a difference in Whitley.

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    Well, bloggers all over Reading have given their opinions and analysis of the Reading Elections and put forward theories as to why some parties did well and others not so well.  Some say that many people in Reading were using their vote to protest against the coalition nationally whilst other talk of dirty campaigns.  Unless we’re knocking on voters doors to ask, I guess we’ll never know the real reasons why and I’m sure that we’d get a multitude of answers too.

    What is clear from looking at the turnout, is that the public are still disenchanted with local (and national) politics.  In Whitley for example, the average turnout has been around 25%.  I was pleased to see an increase this year to 30% but I’m still keen to see why 70% of Whitley residents chose not to vote?  That will be my pet project over the coming months.

    I don’t want to over analyse the results here in Reading.  For those who didn’t know, I came 4th with 140 votes with the Labour Candidate, Kelly Edwards, winning with over 56% of the vote.  I wish her well and I hope that she puts the needs of Whitley before her own political career.  I also hope she considers moving into the Whitley ward.  That way she’ll be able to understand Whitley a lot more. 

    A lot of residents here have approached me to tell me that they voted for me and one told me that regardless of the result, I am still a winner because I’d been making differences locally and then went out and tried to make a difference by standing for council. I will still continue to make a difference here in Whitley and time will tell whether I get selected by my local party to represent them in next years election.

    My views have not changed.  I still believe that the Lib Dems are the best political party that can make a difference both locally and nationally.  I still agree with Nick and I still say Yes!  I also believe that there’s too much time wasted on blaming people and being negative rather than getting on with the job in hand.  I’m proud to be a Lib Dem.