Alok is very much a local Reading man and lives in the town with his wife and two daughters. He grew up in Earley and Whitley Wood and went to school in Reading. Prior to entering Parliament, Alok qualiﬁed as a chartered accountant and worked in the ﬁnance sector for 20 years. He has been the Member of Parliament for Reading West since 2010.
Over the years, Alok has successfully campaigned to deliver investment for local rail, road and ﬂood defence projects by working with local residents and voluntary organisations. He has also supported local schools and parent groups to deliver new school places, as well as extra funding.
Alok has backed businesses to deliver new jobs and organised local business export seminars, helped deliver reductions in business rates for local ﬁrms and has campaigned for faster broadband.
Alok is also a keen supporter of local charities, faith groups and volunteers across Reading and he continues to champion the excellent and selﬂess work they all do.