Matt Rodda

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Matt Rodda

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Member of Parliament
for Reading East
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byRob Wilson
Majority3,749 (4.7%)
Personal details
Born (1966-12-15) 15 December 1966 (age 52)
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Sussex

Matthew Richard Allen Rodda (born 15 December 1966), is a British former journalist and civil servant, and a current Labour Party politician. He is the current Member of Parliament (MP)[1] for the Reading East parliamentary constituency.[2][3][4][5]

Early life and career[edit]

Matt Rodda was raised in Wallingford in South Oxfordshire, he attended the University of Sussex[6] in the 1980s and trained as a journalist with Thomson. After graduating, he then went to work for the Coventry Telegraph and was also a journalist for The Independent newspaper, specialising in education news. He later became a civil servant in the Department for Education, and subsequently worked in the charity sector. In October 1999, he survived the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, an event to which he has attributed his desire to make a contribution to the community.[3][4][citation needed]


Local government and early parliamentary bids[edit]

Rodda was elected as a councillor for the Katesgrove Ward of Reading Borough Council in 2011. He stood for election in the East Surrey parliamentary constituency at the 2010 general election, and for the Reading East parliamentary constituency at the 2015 general election. In both cases, he was unsuccessful.[3][7][8]

MP in the 2017 parliament[edit]

Rodda was elected for the Reading East constituency on 8 June 2017 at the 2017 snap election.[9] He received 27,093 votes, beating the sitting MP, Rob Wilson of the Conservative Party, by a majority of 3,749.[2]

On 12 January 2018, Rodda was promoted to a frontbench position in a Shadow Cabinet mini-shuffle, becoming the Shadow Minister for Local Transport.[10]


  1. ^ "Matt Rodda MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Reading East parliamentary constituency - Election 2017 - BBC News". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "South East 2014 European Elections Hustings". Dialogue Society. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "An interview with Matt Rodda, Labour's candidate for East Surrey". The Caterham and District Independent. 1 April 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Matt Rodda". MyParliament. UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ Rodda, Mathew Richard Allen. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ "Parliamentary results 2015". Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Labour's Matt Rodda take the Reading East seat beating the Conservative's Rob Wilson. | General election 2017: The winners & losers in pictures - News". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn makes frontbench appointments". Labour Press. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rob Wilson
Member of Parliament for Reading East