Born in 1961 at Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, Harvey was educated at Queen's College, Taunton and Middlesex University.
Mr Harvey worked in communications and marketing from 1983 – 1992, mainly for the City consultants, Citigate Dewe Rogerson and entered the House of Commons as Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon in 1992.
He was the Liberal Democrats Shadow Defence Secretary from 2006 to 2010.
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