Jamie Wake 2014 Independent Candidate for Whitley ward in the Reading Local Elections
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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 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 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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