What can Alok do to help?

Alok Sharma and his team are available to assist constituents who live in the Reading West constituency with any issues or concerns they might have. 
 
Parliamentary rules mean that Members of Parliament can only help residents who live in their own constituency, so if you are not sure who your MP is, you can check by visiting: www.writetothem.com.
 
Please make sure all correspondence with Alok includes your full name and address, including the postcode. 
 
Alok receives hundreds of emails, letters and telephone calls every week and although he will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible, they are dealt with in the order they are received.
 
Questions about Government policy
 
Alok is always happy to hear his constituents’ views on topical issues and will respond to any queries or concerns to explain his view, or seek an answer to questions from the appropriate Government minister, department or agency. 
 
If a large number of people contact Alok on the same campaign issue he will put a copy of his response on his website: www.aloksharma.co.uk/letters
 
Questions for the local council
 
Reading West constituency embraces local unitary authorities: Reading Borough and West Berkshire.
 
Some of the issues local councils are responsible for include:
  • Providing social housing
  • Planning
  • Providing school places
  • Maintaining local roads
As a Member of Parliament, Alok does not have the authority to force the local council to act, but he is always happy to raise an issue or complaint on behalf of constituents and often lobbies the local councils to act on issues important to the community.
 
Immigration
 
Alok often receives queries relating to visa applications and is happy to ask questions on behalf of constituents. If you want Alok’s assistance, please make sure you include:
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Home Office reference or Case ID
Surgeries
 
Alok holds regular surgeries on Fridays at his constituency office of 16c Upton Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4BJ.
 

 
If you would like to make an appointment please contact Alok’s office on 0118 941 3803, or email alok.sharma.mp@parliament.uk
 
Further information
 
For further information on the role of an MP, the House of Commons Information Office has published a guide entitled ‘You and Your MP’. You can view it online here.