Antonia Harrison stood as the Liberal candidate in her school's mock General Election aged 12. Despite being raised in a Conservative household, she was attracted by Paddy Ashdown's message and joined the Liberal Democrats in 1990. She became a busy activist, stood as a paper candidate in 1990, campaigned in the 1992 General Election and helped Vince Cable to win in Twickenham in 1997 and to secure Ed Davey's historic victory in Kingston & Surbiton, overturning Norman Lamont's 10,000 majority with a majority of just 56. She took up the post of School Governor in a junior school on behalf of the Party.
Now Antonia is an activist and Vice Chair in Portsmouth, and has recently supported the Witney by-election and Sarah Olney's winning campaign in Richmond Park in 2016, together with candidates locally and beyond.
She runs an active social media campaign and her European Brit blog. She decided to stand for election after the heartbreak and anger at the Referendum decision last year. Antonia lived in Belgium for twelve years, of which six in Brussels, including two years at the European Commission, and six in Flanders. She also spent four years in Spain, speaks fluent French and Dutch, good Spanish, intermediate German and a little Italian. She identifies as a European Brit and campaigns on the positive benefits for the UK remaining in the Single Market and European agencies.
Antonia builds communication and leadership skills at Solent Speakers in Fareham, the local Toastmasters club, and has been President of this club and another in Belgium.
Antonia has a strong interest in mental health, having worked as a therapist for 27 years helping people to overcome unwanted habits, phobias and stress related problems. She is divorced with a transgender daughter at university and a teenage son.