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]
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]


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.



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]


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.


  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.