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Clive Jones, Liberal Democrats - Parliamentary Candidate, 2017

May 18, 2017 11:22 PM
By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

Pictured here with Lord Jonanthan Marks, LibDem Justice Spokesperson at Clive's General Election campaign Clive Jones with Lord Johnathan Marks (Wokingham Liberal Democrats)launch..........

It is just one year since Clive Jones defeated the Tories to win his seat on Wokingham Borough Council and in those 12 months he had made a real impact.
It was Clive who revealed to the public Conservative covert plans to build 15,000 houses at Grazeley - plans which the Tories desperately tried to keep under wraps.
It was Clive who disclosed how Wokingham Council deliberately defies
government guidelines by imposing controversial charges on homeowners
needing to dump D-I-Y waste.
Clive is an energetic campaigner who fights on behalf of this local community,
a community he has lived in for more than 40 years, where he went to school
and where his children also went to school.
That energy has been part of the continuing revitalisation of the Liberal
Democrats within the Wokingham constituency where last year the party won
two borough council seats from the Tories.
Last year the Liberal Democrats emerged as the clear challengers to the
Tories. Not only are the Lib Dems now in a strong second place but Labour's
support across the borough is now trailing in a distant third place.
But while Labour slumps the local Tories also have serious troubles with deep,
acrimonious divisions. Over the last few months Conservative councillors have been resigning their seats or quitting the party amidst allegations of "bullying and financial patronage". Wokingham and its voters deserve better.
It certainly deserves a better MP than over recent years when our elected Member spent nearly two days a week on second jobs with outside financialinterests - earning him an average of close-on £600 an hour.
A clear majority of the Wokingham constituency electorate - 57 per cent - voted to remain within the European Union. It reflected the informed understanding of local people to the serious, potential catastrophic
consequences of Brexit.
But the Tory government is now pushing for a Hard Brexit including leaving both the Single Market and the Customs Union, proposals which were not on the ballot paper in last year's EU referendum.
Clive Jones fears a Hard Brexit will seriously damage local businesses and threaten jobs.
  • His concerns are based on personal experience after running a manufacturing and importing business for four decades. He understands the benefits of the Single Market.
  • He also understands the threat to our children's education by the local crisis in school funding. Wokingham schools now face an £8m cut to their budgets. West Berkshire schools face a £10m cut. The sums show that Wokingham is the worst funded local authority in the country; that's how good the local MP and conservative councillors are at standing up for our residents.
It is time for a change and for hope; hope with Clive Jones, a married man, living with his wife and two daughters in Lower Earley who offers a better alternative to the same old Tories.
Clive has been a director of the British Toy and Hobby Association since 1997 and is a trustee of two children's charities associated with the industry.