Alok Sharma

Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West

Alok is very much a local Reading man.

He grew up in Earley and Whitley Wood and went to school in Reading. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Reading West in 2010 and is now seeking re-election.

Prior to entering Parliament, Alok qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in the finance sector for 20 years.

Working with local residents and voluntary organisations, Alok has successfully campaigned to deliver government investment for local rail, road and flood defence projects. He has supported local schools and parent groups to deliver extra funding and new school places.

Alok has backed businesses to deliver new jobs and organised local business export seminars, helped deliver reductions in business rates for local firms and campaigned for faster broadband.

A keen supporter of local charities, faith groups and volunteers across Reading, he continues to champion the excellent and selfless work they all do.

Alok is married and lives in Reading with his wife and two daughters.