Councillors & Campaigners

The LibDem Team, councillors and campaigners, in Earley and Shinfield.

Parliamentary Spokesperson:Clive Jones
Clive Jones Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson
Clive Jones was the Liberal Democrat's parliamentary candidate for Wokingham at the 2015 General Election. Clive Jones says of the party's role in government  "The Liberal Democrats were very effective in the 2010-15 Coalition Government. The Liberal Democrats have a lot to be proud of, such as the income tax changes which make it much fairer for the lowest paid workers, free childcare for working families, free school lunches, major changes to the basic state pension to ensure that pensioners get decent pensions and the pupil premium to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children". Things you may like to know about Clive Jones:
  • Clive is the Vice Chair of Earley Liberal Democrats and has become well-known in the area as the editor of their Focus newsletter that is delivered to over 10,000 homes in Earley every six weeks
  • He is currently the Lib Dem Treasurer of Wokingham Local Party
  • Clive came to Earley in 1974 when his parents moved to the area from the Isle of Wight. He finished his education at Woodley's Bulmershe School, leaving in 1976.
  • He joined a toy manufacturer and importer as a management trainee and worked his way through the business to become Sales Director for 5 years and then Managing Director for over 10 years. 
  • He started his own toy business 8 years ago.
  • Clive is the immediate past President of the British Toy & Hobby Association (Chair 2004-6). The BTHA is the trade organisation for the UK toy industry. he has been chair of its Finance committee for the last 6 years.
  • He is also a trustee of a children's charity that supports charities who work for disadvantaged children. They have built an orphanage in Malawi for children who have lost their parents to AIDS. They support small children's charities in the UK, too.
  • Clive is married and has two daughters.
  • You can contact Clive on

Cllr. Judith Clark (Cutbush Ward)
Judith Clark has lived in Reading since 1980 moving to Earley in 1993. She is married with three grown up children, all of whom attended Ryeish Green School with the youngest daughter attending Radstock Primary School. She was an Earley town councillor for two terms during the mid-1990's.  From the outset she raised the profile for activities for young people in Earley which culminated in the Skate Park at Sol Joel.  She was Chairman of the Youth Working Party and during her last year on the council was Chairman of the Parks Committee. She was also a school governor at Radstock Primary School. Judith was elected to the Council again in May 2015 (Cutbush Ward) and sits on the Policy and Resources committee.

Cllr. Ralph Houlbrooke (Hillside Ward)
Ralph Houlbrooke has lived in Earley since 1971. He taught at Reading University until 2006 and is married with two children who both went to Aldryngton and Maiden Erlegh Schools.  A Liberal Democrat from shortly after the party's formation and a Liberal voter before that, he was an Earley town councillor for two terms in the '90s (1991-4, 1994-8) and was chairman of the Policy and Resources committee during his second term. Ralph was elected to the Council again in May 2015 (Hillside Ward) and sits on the Planning and Policy and Resources committees.

Cllr. John Russell (Maiden Erlegh Ward)
John has lived in Earley since 1969. He is married with two daughters who both went to Aldryngton and Maiden Erlegh schools. He is a former chairman of the Woodley & Earley Society and former governor of Maiden Erlegh School and Bulmershe College. He worked for an international food ingredients company as their Regulatory Affairs Manager. He is currently Secretary of Wokingham constituency Liberal Democrats and chair of his local branch party. John was elected to Earley Town Council in May 2015 and sits on the Planning Committee.

Cllr. Nicola Brock (St Nicolas Ward)
Nicola is a GP from a local practice. Although always very busy at work she has taken her unexpected victory with the usual dedication. She has involved herself wholeheartedly in Amenities and Leisure, being especially interested in the community orchard at Laurel Park, the exciting roadside flower beds and of course any attempts to make Earley a healthy neighbourhood. If she has any time outside her practice and council work Nicola enjoys wildlife, being a member of the RSPB and National Trust. Nicola is also as actively involved as she can be in a local church.

Cllr. Munir Ahmed (Whitegates Ward)
Munir is a family man with three children who has lived in Earley since 1996. First elected in 2000 to Earley Town Councillor, he has served Whitegate ward ever since. He has helped many residents to resolve local problems, such as pot holes and blocked drains, before they become a major issue. Munir has worked with many residents to get social service issues resolved and tries hard to improve leisure facilities for young people and provision of grave space for all communities. Working in IT for over 25 years he currently works as an Environment Delivery Manager with a utility company.

Campaigner: David Hare
David represented Earley on the Town Council for a number of years before losing his seat by just 2 votes in the May 2015 elections.  He has also represented Earley on Wokingham Borough Council.  David is involved in charity work, helping people in need to live fulfilled, ordinary lives that they aspire to and dream about.  He is worried by the increasing squeeze on local authority budgets that then squeezes disproportionately the charity sector.  As well as being involved in local politics David loves nature and the countryside, being a member of the National trust and RSPB.  David is also studying to become a Lay minister in the CofE.

Campaigner: Tahir Maher
Tahir has lived in Earley for over 12 years with his wife and two sons who have both attended Earley St Peters primary school and Maiden Erlegh. Tahir is passionate about improving the local environment and reducing crime. Tahir was a founding member of Arthritis Matters, a charity that serves the Greater Reading area, and he also works with other local charities. Tahir is an accountant working in the rail industry.

Campaigner: Sue Smith

Sue joined the SDP in 1981 and was an active member in Ealing Southall and then Chertsey and Walton. She was a Councillor for 8 years in Woking, and was Leader of the Liberal Democrat group for 3 years and Leader of the Council 2006-7.

She has lived in the constituency since 2008, representing Loddon ward in Woodley on WBC from 2010 to 2014. Her main areas of interest are housing, environment and the arts.
Sue is a self-employed private tutor, teaching mainly English and French. Apart from politics she enjoys reading, gardening, theatre and is a keen Tottenham fan.>