Your Liberal Democrat candidates for Maiden Erlegh and Whitegates

Stephen Newton

Stephen Newton

I moved to Earley in 2007 for my work with a global financial services company. I am married with two grown-up children who attended Loddon Primary School where I was chair of governors. My wife and I are foster carers for Wokingham Borough Council and I am on the Leadership Team at Lower Earley Baptist Church. I took early retirement in 2022 to focus on what I want to do in the community. When not involved with councillor duties I help with a children’s midweek youth club and am part of a badminton club. 

Before moving to Earley, I was chair of a community association representing 15,000 residents and local businesses in Shoeburyness in Essex and Chair of the user group for the C2C Rail line. I have been an active campaigner for many years and am proud of what I have achieved. Since being elected last May I have been delighted to help the ward residents who have contacted me, campaign for improvements in the ward, and provide input to the council’s Risk Management and Procurement programmes.



Andy NG Siu-hong

Andy NG Siu-hong

I am Andy NG Siu-hong. I was a District Councillor in Hong Kong where I worked very hard to serve the community and strive for democracy. In 2021 I was forced to resign and leave Hong Kong for safety as Beijing carried out mass arrests of Democratic politicians. I now live in Earley with my family and have a son who attends Maiden Erlegh School.

To serve the community and strive for fairness and good have been my aspirations since I was a kid. I enjoy solving people’s problems, making people’s voices heard, improving governing, and upholding democratic values. Now I serve as a volunteer in some British Hong Kong people's organisations and the Lib Dems, for the community and for upholding democratic values. 

I know how important a councillor is to the local community and how symbolic it is to be probably the first former Hong Kong District Councillor elected in the UK. Although my mission to serve as a councillor was suppressed in Hong Kong, as we share many of the same British values in this great country, I know I will have the hope to restart my life's campaign. For the community, for a fair deal, and for democracy.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

I have lived in Earley for 40 years where I’ve represented Maiden Earley at Wokingham Borough Council since 2022. I’m also an Earley Town Councillor, chairing their Planning Committee.  

My passions are pragmatic protection of the environment, train travel, greenspaces and coastlines.  I had a minor role in maintaining a vintage steam vessel.  I started my career as an officer in the British Merchant Navy in 1971.  I left in 1983 with a British Chief Engineer’s Certificate to begin working in Facilities Management in Central London offices. 

I studied part-time for a degree in Environmental Engineering. I then worked for a Bracknell company and was their Engineering Director for 20 years until 2019.

During that time I held various voluntary roles at the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and was made an Honorary Fellow in recognition of services to the industry.  

I now volunteer at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, driving the buggy which helps patients round the hospital.

If re-elected, I would like to continue to help residents and try to get the best value for money for all Council activities, so they can afford to provide the extra things that make Wokingham a great place to live.

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