Your Liberal Democrat candidates for Finchampstead

You can vote for up to 3 candidates in this election. The 3 with the highest number of votes will be elected. The Liberal Democrat candidates are:

David Cornish

David Cornish

I’ve lived in Finchampstead for nearly 40 years, and it is a wonderful place, with excellent local amenities and wonderful countryside. My children grew up here and we enjoy being part of the community. I’ve been a governor at Emmbrook school and I sit on Finchampstead Parish Council, where I Chair the Rights of Way committee and have been the ‘council lead’ on the Finchampstead Neighbourhood Development Plan. So Finchampstead is very much my home.

I was elected to Wokingham Borough Council in 2022 and is now Chair of the Planning Committee and Executive Member for Business and Economic Development. I believe that the one thing the council has to do much better is to communicate with residents and work harder to explain why and how decisions get made.

People rightly get upset when they feel things are just ‘being done to them’ and I feel very passionate about giving people as much information as possible. At the same time, we are faced with a national government which is cutting council spending to the bone. 

Your choice at this election is to vote for a council that responds to local needs and not to their political leaders at Westminster.

Fiona Digan

Fiona Dignan

I grew up in Wokingham and moved back to the area eight years ago. It is a fantastic place to raise my children.

I’m a stay-at-home mum to four children, all of whom have attended Gorse Ride School. I’m passionate about looking after the interests of families and young people in our community. I have volunteered as a Parent Representative for the Wokingham Children’s Centres and currently volunteer with the FBC meals team, cooking food for those who are experiencing hardship. I also enjoy helping with literacy at my children’s school and go in regularly to listen to the children read.

Literature and the arts are incredibly important to me. I am a poet and writer, and an active member of creative writing groups in Wokingham. I run a Shared Reading group in Wokingham library which aims to connect people through great stories and poems. I also have a regular slot on BBC Berkshire’s Coffee Club. The arts may seem trivial compared to the huge problems we face nationally and internationally, but I believe that they are central to adult and children’s mental well-being. If elected, I really look forward to helping maintain and expand the wonderful creative communities we have here.

I’m delighted to be standing for the Liberal Democrats as they are the party that most represents what matters; helping those who need it most, working as a community and creating a thriving and greener future for Finchampstead. I will be a fresh voice on the Council, speaking up on the issues that matter to local people and asking the questions that need raising. 

Becky Eytle

Becky Eytle

Finchampstead has been our family home for 8 years - we love the mix of countryside and market town. Of all the places we’ve lived thanks to my husband’s military career, we feel very lucky to have settled here in our own family home. We love the sense of community.

I am on the Parish Council and also volunteer weekly for a local youth organisation as well as supporting isolated residents through a befriending scheme. 

I’ve worked in the not-for-profit sector for most of my professional life including Oxfam, ChildLine, Whizz Kid and other charities. Your vote means I would be able to continue to speak up for those who feel they haven’t a voice. 

My three children attend local state schools which I’ve supported with funding bids and fundraising events

I believe we have some fantastic schools in Finchampstead. They deserve our full support in a currently challenging financial environment. 

I am a member of a women’s cycle group and also enjoy running with our dog. Transport infrastructure is important in keeping our community moving and safe. I look forward to working with, and for, my community – understanding the issues that affect residents and working to fix them.

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