There has been some speculation as to whether Councillor Hartley will stand and fight in Park Ward at the 2012 elections or would he jump ship and stand in a different ward where Labour have a better chance of winning.
Interestingly as of Sunday, August 21 6 p.m. on the Reading Labour Party website Councillor Hartley's Park Ward page has the title "Katesgrove Ward". A mistake, or a rebranding of his page ahead of him jumping ship?
The Green Party has selected local campaigner Jamie Whitham to contest Park Ward.
UPDATE: Reading Labour Party have informed me that their website has been hacked.