Reposting this from the Reading Green Party website:
Reading Green Party members have selected Green councillor Rob White as the parliamentary candidate for Reading East at the next general election.
Rob has previously stood in Reading East in 2005 and 2010.
Rob lives near cemetery junction in east Reading with his long-term partner. He has had a varied career including working with computers and gardening. He is currently a councillor in the east of Reading. He is also a school governor and active in the community volunteering on the East Reading Festival committee.
Rob joined the Green Party in 2003 after marching with 1 million people against the "unjust" invasion of Iraq masterminded by the then Labour government.
Rob was elected as the first ever Green councillor in Reading in 2010. As a local councillor he has addressed hundreds of issues every year, working with residents to improve the area. He has stood up for jobs and the local economy by pressing the council to cooperate better with small businesses. He has also championed fairness, leading the campaign for the council to apply the living wage more widely.
Rob White said: "we are in danger of a triple dip recession, bankers are returning to business as usual and the poor and vulnerable are being targeted through cuts to benefits. This coalition government is failing.
"It is the Greens who are the real policy opposition to the coalition, not Labour, who when in power continued Tory privatisation of the NHS, introduced tuition fees and started the sell-off of the Royal Mail; all policies which the coalition is continuing with.
"We speak for all those people who want policies that none of the big three are offering. We need an urgent u-turn on cuts to welfare for the most vulnerable, a halt to the slashing of vital public services, and investment in the economy to create jobs, upgrade our infrastructure and tackle climate change.
"Through hard work we have built solid support in east Reading and achieved much, but there is still plenty to do. The more people who get involved with the campaign, the bigger the difference we can make."