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Kay Swinburne MEP

Member of the European Parliament
for Wales
Assumed office 
14 July 2009
Preceded by Jonathan Evans

Born 8 June 1967 (1967-06-08) (age 42)
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater King's College London
University of Surrey

Jacqueline Kay Swinburne (born 8 June 1967) is an English politician. She is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Wales.



Born and raised in West Wales, Swinburne was educated at Llandysul Grammar School and went on to earn a degree was in Biochemistry and Microbiology from King's College London, followed by a Ph.D. in medical research and an MBA from the University of Surrey, before starting a successful career in international healthcare and finance.[1] Swinburne first came to national attention in 1999 when she resigned from Deutsche Bank after being a victim of sexual discrimination.[2]

Political career

Swinburne is a former Conservative Councillor in Hereford, serving as Chair Health Scrutiny, former Town Mayor for Ledbury, former Deputy Chair NHCA. On 28 March 2008 it was announced that she was to head the Welsh Conservatives' list of candidates for the 2009 European Parliament election, effectively guaranteeing her a seat in European Parliament.[3] Her election in June 2009 was notable for being the first time the Conservatives topped an election in Wales since 1918.

In the European Parliament, Swinburne sits in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group. She is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.


External links

European Parliament
Preceded by
Jonathan Evans
Member of European Parliament for Wales


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