Read the battlegrounds of the 2022 local elections and the main clashes
The election campaign in Reading is in full swing as Labour, Tories, Greens and Liberal Democrats all hope to sit on the council.
While some areas are either staunchly Labor or Conservative, there are areas where parties will compete for votes.
The Greens have made steady progress against Labor in Redlands, with the Tories hoping to squeeze gains from Labor in Caversham.
Meanwhile, Tilehurst is expected to be hotly contested between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats.
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There are currently 46 seats in Reading Borough Council, but boundary changes mean there are now 48 seats up for grabs.
Below are some of the areas in which the parties will compete.
The election in Tilehurst will be a clash between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.
He is currently represented by advisers Meri O’Connell and Ricky Duveen, both Liberal Democrats, and Conservative adviser Helen Manghnani.
Cllrs Duveen and Manghnani are both stepping down so both sides are eager to make some gains.
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Former Conservative councilor Sandra Vickers is hoping to reclaim her seat.
The Tories are also fielding Russell Frain and Casey Byrne.
Cllr O’Connell is running for another term among fellow Lib Dems James Moore and Anne Thompson.
Benjamin Perry-Stone, Malcolm Powers and Sikandar Hayat all represent Labour, while Gabriel Berry-Kan represents the Greens.
The Redlands area, in East Reading and in the university district, is a battleground between the Green Party and Labour.
The Green Party has been making incremental gains in the region since 2019, when Green candidate Jamie Whitham beat the Labor candidate to become a councillor.
In the 2021 election, Green candidate David McElroy beat Labour’s Andrew Hornby-Smith by just 10 votes.
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Mr Hornby-Smith was the Labor Party nominee after Tony Jones resigned after 30 years on the council.
The Greens are hoping to secure full control of Redlands with their third candidate Kathryn McCann, who was their representative for the Church district last year.
Councilor David Absolom, a Labor representative from Redlands, resigns, with the party fielding candidates Will Cross, Marg Cobb and Amjad Tarar.
Meanwhile, the Tories are lining up Allison Carnell, Shivraj Hawaldar and Simon Holden.
Francis David Jakeman is the only Liberal Democrat candidate in Redlands, having also stood in 2021.
This election will see a battle between Labor and the Conservatives in Caversham.
While the northern parts of Caversham are typically Conservative, the ward itself is currently held by Labour.
However, Reading Borough’s political map was redrawn ahead of this election during a boundary review, with incumbent Labor Councilors Richard Davies and Adele Barnett-Ward both standing in the Thames Borough, which contains areas to the north and south of the river.
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Former councilor Jan Gavin is seeking to rejoin the council, previously representing the Redlands ward.
It is understood that she resigned ahead of the 2019 local elections.
She is joined by Labor candidates Matt Yeo and Jacopo Lanzoni.
Andrew Ballsdon, Ian Binge and Saadia Saadat are hoping to win seats for the Conservatives, with Juliet Laetitia representing the Liberal Democrats and Sally Anne Newman for the Greens.