Sarah Brinton, Baroness Brinton

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Brinton speaking at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Brighton, 2013

Sarah Virginia Brinton, Baroness Brinton[1] (b. 1 April 1955), known popularly as Sal Brinton, is a member of the British Liberal Democrats. In November 2010 she was nominated to the House of Lords,[2] taking her place on 10 February 2011[3] as Baroness Brinton, of Kenardington in the County of Kent.

She is the daughter of Conservative MP Tim Brinton[4] and the cousin of Mary Stocks, Baroness Stocks.

Education and Honours[edit]

Baroness Brinton was educated at Benenden School, an independent school, before attending Churchill College, Cambridge and the Central School of Speech and Drama.[5]

In 2003, Brinton was awarded an honorary PhD for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Ruskin University.[6] In November 2013, she was made a Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London.[7] She is Patron of Christian Blind Mission UK, Trustee of the United Kingdom Committee of UNICEF, and a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.[8]


Beginning her career in the mid 1970s at the BBC as a television floor manager, working on programmes including Playschool, Grandstand and Doctor Who, she became a Cambridgeshire County Councillor in 1993 and contested the parliamentary seat of South East Cambridgeshire at the 1997 and 2001 general elections.

Baroness Brinton is formerly Bursar of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge from 1992-1997,[9] and Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1997 to 2002.[10] In 1997 she won the East Anglian entrepreneurial businesswoman of the year award. She is also founder member of the Board of the East of England Development Agency from Dec 1998 to Dec 2004 (Deputy Chair from 2001 to 2004).

From 1999–2004, Baroness Brinton chaired the Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council.[11] She contested the Watford constituency at the 2005 and 2010 General Elections coming second to Labour and the Conservatives respectively. She is presently a non-executive director of the University for Industry, a charity giving grants in the skills and technology sector.[12]

Baroness Brinton is a member of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee and Vice Chair of the Federal Conference Committee.[13] She also chairs the Liberal Democrat Diversity Engagement Group and has a particular interest in increasing the number of women, black, Asian, and minority ethnic MPs.[14] Baroness Brinton was a member of the All Party Stalking Inquiry of 2011.[15]


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