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Sharon Bowles MEP

Assumed office 
12 May 2005

Born 12 June 1953 (1953-06-12) (age 56)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Andrew Horton
Children 2
Alma mater Reading University

Sharon Margaret Bowles (b. 12 June 1953, Oxford) is a Liberal Democrat politician and Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region of the United Kingdom. As with all the other Liberal Democrat members in the parliament, she sits in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe grouping.

Before joining the European Parliament Bowles worked as a European patent attorney. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) [1]. She is the European Parliament's only registered patent attorney.

In the 1992 and 1997 general election she was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Aylesbury constituency. She has been a member of the bureau of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party since 2004.

She replaced Chris Huhne in the European Parliament after he was elected to the House of Commons in the 2005 general election. On 10 November 2007 she was selected as the first placed prospective candidate on the Liberal Democrat list for the 2009 election in her European constituency,[2] and was re-elected to the European Parliament on 4 June 2009 [3]. She now serves alongside Catherine Bearder as MEP for South East England.


European Parliament


First Term

Coming to the European Parliament a year into its 6th sitting, Bowles sat on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), and became a substitute member of the Committee on Legal Affairs. She was also a member of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the countries of South East Asia and ASEAN. In 2008 she was nominated to serve as the European Parliament's representative on the European Statistical Advisory Committee.

Second Term

Bowles was re-elected in the European Parliament Election, 2009, and took up her seat on 14 July. Shortly thereafter Bowles was elected Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, succeeding Pervenche Beres.

She is married to Andrew Horton. They have two children, Remy and Damian.

See also


  1. ^ Parliamentary Committee - CIPA
  2. ^ - Liberal Democrats select European Parliament Candidates for England - Liberal Democrat Website
  3. ^ [1] "2009 South East England European election result"

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