Clive Sneddon has been active in Liberal politics since moving to Scotland in the 1970s. He grew up in London, studied and worked in Oxford, and then came to St Andrews as a University teacher of French. He is married with two grown-up children. His daughter lives in Berlin and works in the German Foreign Office. His son lives in Glasgow and works for a Norwegian computer consultancy.
Clive was active in local government, being Leader of North East Fife District Council 1988-96, and latterly a local government representative in Europe. He has stood for the European Parliament previously, and also for Dundee East and then Angus South.