Jamie Wake 2014 Independent Candidate for Whitley ward in the Reading Local Elections
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    April 29th, 2012jamiewakerdgcandidate

    As voters, many of us would probably think that we only have a choice of 4 political parties to choose from when the Local Elections come round.  I know I certainly used to think that.  But I believe that it’s important for the electorate to realise that there are other options.

    Of course there are other parties such as The Common Sense Party, The Roman Party. Ave! and of course UKIP but In Reading there are 4 Independent Candidates standing in this years Local Elections.  They are:

    • Myself in Whitley
    • Michael Turberville in Katesgrove
    • Jamie Chowdhary in Peppard
    • John Dickson in Thames

    Independent Candidates and Councillors are able to respond to the local community in a way that serves the community interest and not a party political interest.  This doesn’t mean that someone who is independent does not have any political views but that national concerns often do not translate very well to the local scene.  Independents act on the true concerns of their local electorate who up and down the UK are now beginning to see the benefits of having a representative who is not bound by party rules and regulations.

    I wish all candidates the best of luck in this years local elections – especially the other Independents who are standing here in Reading off their own back for the right reasons.

    That’s why I’m standing this year – to give the residents of Whitley – my neighbours – a genuine alternative.

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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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