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Reading remains split between Tories and Labour

The borough of Reading is a town split between the Conservatives and the Labour party.

This year, both seats were held by the respective politicians, Alok Sharma (Con) and Matt Rodda (Lab).

  • Reading West

Alok Sharma held onto his seat in Reading West, with 24,393 votes, beating his Labour opponent Rachel Eden by approximately 4,000 votes.

Alok Sharma celebrated his win at the count Credit: ITV Meridian

Alok Sharma has been Secretary of State for International Development since July 2019.

He will now start his fourth term as an MP.

Supporters asked Mr Sharma for a selfie Credit: ITV Meridian

Mr Sharma said he wants to focus on investment in NHS services, getting more funding to improve transport links and tackling illegal encampments.

  • Alok Sharma MP, Reading West, Con:
  • Reading East

Matt Rodda held onto his seat in Reading East, with 27,102 votes, beating his Tory rival Craig Morley by approximately 6,000 votes.

Early election predictions had viewed the Reading East seat as 'too close to call'.

In his speech Mr Rodda thanked voters Credit: ITV Meridian

Matt Rodda is the Shadow Minister for Local Transport.

He was first elected in 2017 after beating Conservative politician and previous Reading East MP Rob Wilson.

Labour supporters congratulated Matt Rodda Credit: ITV Meridian
  • Matt Rodda MP, Reading East, Labour: