Your Labour Councillor for Castle Ward:
Cllr Dr Luigi Reale
About Luigi Reale
Luigi is a teacher and historian. He has lived in Bedford since 2000 and is married to Dr Sue Chirico who was born and bred in Bedford. They have a son Antonio, who is 11 years old. Luigi's inspiration for politics is three-fold: his early childhood; his academic life; and his experience in supporting the causes of political and social reform in Italy and Britain.
He was born in Ferrazzano-Campobasso in the Molise Region of Italy where his father was the mayor for 24 years and never lost an election. Luigi's father also worked for the Union - ACLI - in Campobasso until he retired. Luigis explains, 'For most of my life in Italy I would shadow my father as he worked tirelessly for his community and taught me to 'listen to' and 'understand' the community'.
As soon as he arrived in Bedford in 2000, Luigi became a member of the Labour Party. Luigi has been busy not only working on his research and teaching (in Bedford, Kettering and Peterborough) but also establishing himself as one of the leaders of the Italian Community.
Luigi has served as the elected Chair of the Molisana Association, which has 250 members, since 2003 . He is the teacher representative of the Voce Scolastica Italiana, an association which deals with Italian classes in the area. In addition, Luigi has established the Bedford Italian Circle which aims to bring all the local Italian associations together under one umbrella.
Since the summer of 2012, Luigi has been leading a campaign to keep the Italian Consular Services open in Bedford. He hasbeen greatly supported by the Bedford Labour Group on the Borough Council, and their support continues. The campaign began by a 1000-strong protest march through the streets of Bedford in September 2012. Following this, Italian Embassy in London agreed to meet with Luigi and the Labour Group, leading to the re-opening Consular Offices in Bedford.
Labour's vision for Castle
Castle Ward spans a wide and diverse area of the town from the Castle Road area through the town centre and then onto the Mildland Road area and the stations. It is precisely this diversity of housing, businesses and people that makes it so interesting and creates an enormous range of social and political issues. Of all the national and local issues currently affecting people who live and work in the Castle Ward, your Labour team is concentrating particularly on the following:
- the regeneration of the train station and the streets surrounding it
- supporting the business people who work within Castle ward
- law and order within the ward
- services for the elderly