Judith Bunting

British politician (born 1960)

Judith Ann Bunting
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Bunting in May 2013
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
In office
2 July 2019[1][2] – 31 January 2020
Preceded byRichard Ashworth
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1960-11-27) 27 November 1960 (age 62)[3]
NationalityBritish
Alma materFitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Judith Ann Bunting (born 27 November 1960) is a television producer and politician who served as a Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South East England from 2019 to 2020.[4] In 2014, she was chosen by the Royal Society of Chemistry to be one of their 175 Faces of Chemistry.[5]

Education

Bunting attended Peterborough County Grammar School for Girls, then Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where she obtained a Master's Degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) in 1979.[6] Her father taught Mechanical Engineering at Peterborough Regional College.

Career

Television

Bunting has been a producer of educational and science-based documentary television since the 1990s. Her early producing credits include the BBC series Tomorrow's World, Teen Species,[7][8] Horizon[9] and Robert Winston's The Secret Life of Twins[10] and Superhuman.[11]

She produced three series of the series Body Hits[12] and the RTS Award-winning Breast Cancer - the Operation for BBC3.[13]

In 2007, she was series producer for the BBC Wales series, The Museum. She followed this by executive producing Rocket Science for BBC2[14] and Headshrinkers of the Amazon for the National Geographic Channel. Her 2009 documentary for the National Geographic Channel, The Neanderthal Code was nominated for a Grierson Award for Best Science Documentary.[15]

Since 2013, Bunting has been series producer for production company Remark! on over 30 episodes of Magic Hands, a programme for CBeebies featuring poetry and Shakespeare for children translated entirely into British Sign Language, in which the presenters are all profoundly deaf.[16]

Politics

Since 2012, Bunting has increasingly focused on politics. In the 2015 and 2017 UK General Elections, she stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Newbury[17] and both times came a distant second behind Richard Benyon.[18] She has consistently pursued a broader engagement with science in politics and education.[19][20] In September 2017, Bunting ruled out a third run as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Newbury to "focus on her career as a television producer".[21]

Bunting was elected as a Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East England in the 2019 European Elections.[22] She was the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Education and Culture in Europe, and also sat on the Industry, Research and Energy committee.

Personal life

She lives in Newbury, Berkshire.

References

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ Companies House
  4. ^ "The UK's European elections 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Judith Bunting | 175 Faces of Chemistry". Rsc.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Alumni Profiles - Careers Fair 2017". Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Teen Species". The Radio Times. 27 June 2002. p. 98.
  8. ^ Jardine, Cassandra (27 June 2002). "So that's why they sleep all day". Daily Telegraph.
  9. ^ "Television Review". The Independent. 20 February 1998.
  10. ^ "The Secret Life of Twins". The Radio Times. 8 July 1999. p. 82.
  11. ^ "Superhuman". The Radio Times. 26 October 2000. p. 94.
  12. ^ "Body Hits". Radio Times.
  13. ^ Timms, Dominic; Deans, Jason (24 August 2004). "Emin links with Winterbottom for BBC3 movie". the Guardian.
  14. ^ "Rocket Science". The Radio Times. 5 March 2009. p. 116.
  15. ^ "Grierson documentary awards 2009: full shortlist". the Guardian. 6 August 2009.
  16. ^ "Magic Hands - Media Centre". Bbc.co.uk.
  17. ^ "Election interview: Judith Bunting". Newbury Weekly News.
  18. ^ "Newbury parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Women in Science – a Formula for Success". SI Southern England.
  20. ^ "Lib Dems see 'opportunity to change direction of the country'". Newbury Weekly News.
  21. ^ "Judith Bunting resigns as Lib Dem's parliamentary candidate for Newbury". Newbury Weekly News.
  22. ^ "South East England (European Parliament constituency)". BBC. Retrieved 28 May 2019.