About David Campanale

David CamapanaleI have been living in Surrey with my family for over 30 years. I have decided to stand in the coming General Election to offer hope and positive change. Spelthorne residents deserve better than the extreme choices on offer on left and right.

My wife Andrea and I raised our two sons in Kingston upon Thames, where I served 8 years as a Lib Dem councillor. Living along the river and growing up in Hampton upon Thames meant a lot of fun things were near to hand - and of course some great natural beauty, with the parks and the Thames.

Digging into the history of our area is something I have been enjoying doing - from Magna Carta's first signing at Runnymede in the 13th century to its second version, which was approved at the Treaty of Kingston not many years later. But I also enjoy swimming and watching every sporting event I can on TV, with family.

I'm an international broadcast journalist by profession - working as a producer and reporter for the TV arm of the BBC World Service. I began my journalism in East Central Europe during the end of Communism in the late '80s. And this idea that peace and freedom must not to be taken for granted has convinced me that the countries of Europe need to work together. If the EU didn't exist, we would still need to organise it, though not exactly on the basis it is today.

Volunteering has always been an important part of my life. So I served for a number of years as a director of the disaster relief and development charity, Tearfund, which is based in Teddington. Their work in 50 countries around the world gave me a deep sense of the immediate threat climate change represents to the poorest and most vulnerable. I also served several terms on the national executive of my union, the National Union of Journalists. And I have recently become a trustee of a Surrey-based charity, Man & Boy, which organises fun activities that deepen the bonds between dads and their sons.

I was born in Sutton and grew up in the Borough of Richmond - where I went to state schools with my brothers before studying for A-levels at Kingston College of FE. As my mother was disabled from when we were at an early age, I learnt the importance of caring, helping out at home and serving others.

After university, I thought about living and working abroad but decided to join a political party instead - the SDP - getting elected as one of Britain's youngest councillors. That night in Kingston, I took a seat from the Conservatives with the biggest swing to the SDP/Liberal Alliance in elections going on nationally. This is something I hope to repeat in the coming General Election in Spelthorne! After helping out the Liberals in Parliament, I spent a year with an alliance of trade unions, businesses and churches called the Keep Sunday Special Campaign. I then took a job with Channel 4, then the BBC in Westminster.

Of some of the quirky things about me to know - I have an identical twin brother who is also a Liberal Democrat, working as a financial expert on the threat of climate change to the economy. Then of course I am half-Italian, so I love being in the kitchen and spending time with family celebrating the good things of life.

If you want to learn more, do read my full biography.