Silvia Schmidtova - BowthorpeI was born in Slovakia, but have lived in Norfolk for the past 12 years. After studying economics, I spent my early career caring for children with physical and mental health needs. Since settling in the UK, I have spent several years in the care sector, but now work in the city at Norwich Cathedral.

I have always had a passion for politics and was active in community life back in Slovakia. I joined the Liberal Democrats in 2014, and have been involved in several of the party's key campaigns. With Brexit now a reality, I believe that the UK and the EU must remain strong, constructive partners in the future.

As a parent, I have a particular interest in seeing that the children in Norwich are well looked after and that schools in Town Close and across the city are well funded.

Outside of politics, my main interests are history, painting, dancing and animal welfare.