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Bill Newton Dunn

Bill Newton Dunn
Member of the European Parliament
for East Midlands
In office
1 May 1999 – 2 July 2014
Preceded by Nick Clegg
Succeeded by Andrew Lewer
Member of the European Parliament
for Lincolnshire
In office
7 June 1979 – 9 June 1994
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1941-10-03) 3 October 1941
Greywell, Hampshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats
Other political
Conservative (until 2000)
Children Tom Newton Dunn
Daisy Newton Dunn
Alma mater Marlborough College
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

William "Bill" Francis Newton Dunn (born 3 October 1941 in Greywell, Hampshire) is a British politician. He was a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands for the Liberal Democrats until 25 May 2014.


  • Early life 1
  • Parliamentary career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • Offices held 6

Early life

He attended the independent Marlborough College in Wiltshire from 1955–9, then gained a Diploma from the University of Paris (the Sorbonne) in 1960. He completed an MA in Natural Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) in 1963 at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He gained a tri-lingual MBA from the INSEAD Business School at Fontainebleau, which no doubt fuelled his interest in European matters where he studied from 1965–6. From 1963–79, he worked in United Kingdom industry.

Parliamentary career

He was a Conservative Party MEP from 1979 to 1994 for Lincolnshire. After a spell out of the Parliament, he was re-elected a Conservative MEP for the East Midlands in 1999. He defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2000 because he felt that the Conservatives were increasingly negative towards the prospect of Britain playing a leading role in Europe.

Newton Dunn was elected as a Lib Dem MEP for the first time in the European elections, 2004. He claims to have had the highest attendance record of all the UK MEPs when elected.

Newton Dunn began to use the now much-used phrase Democratic deficit in his pamphlet in the 1980s. This phrase first appeared in the manifesto of the Young European Federalists adopted at their congress in Berlin in 1977.

In 2010 he signed the Spinelli Group Manifesto in favour of a Federal Europe.

On 4 July 2012, Newton Dunn was the only British MEP to vote in favour of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Only 38 MEPs voted with Newton Dunn [1] (earning them the title "the Dirty Thirty-nine"), while 478 voted against the treaty; the biggest defeat in the history of the EU.

Newton Dunn was not re-elected as a Lib Dem MEP in the European elections, 2014.

Personal life

He is married with two children, living in Navenby and West London. His son is Tom Newton Dunn, an award-winning journalist for The Sun newspaper. His daughter is Daisy Newton Dunn, a TV producer for the BBC.


  1. ^ The 39 MEPs That Voted For ACTA

External links

  • Bill Newton Dunn MEP official site
  • Liberal Democrat MEPs
  • Bill Newton Dunn profile at the European Parliament
  • Bill Newton Dunn profile at the site of the Liberal Democrats
  • East Midlands Liberal Democrats site for his constituency party
  • Video on YouTube

Offices held

European Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of European Parliament for Lincolnshire
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of European Parliament for East Midlands
Succeeded by
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