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Bill Newton Dunn MEP - ALDE/Liberal Democrat

Bill Newton Dunn MEP in the European ParliamentBill Newton Dunn represents the East Midlands for Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament

He was elected for his sixth term as an MEP in July 2009.

Bill sits as a full member of the Parliament's International Development Committee, and as an alternate member of the parliament's committee dealing with Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is a member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with India, and a substitute on both the Delegation for relations with African Caribbean and Pacific Parliaments, and the Delegation for relations with South Asian countries.

In July 2009 Bill was elected for a two and a half year term as one of the European Parliament's five Quaestors, a group which together takes decisions about the Parliament's internal organisational and practical affairs. This was an interesting experience that gave Bill a lot of insight into the inside management of the Parliaments internal rules and processes, concerning, for example, security, public access to Parliament and the EU more generally, and financial management. However, as of January 2011 Bill will no longer sit in this role, but will return to a full focus on his political committees.

In 2009 Bill also co-founded the European Parliament Forum for the Combat of Counterfeit Contraband and Organised Crime. This informal group of cross-party MEPs, Commission officials from different DGs, businesses, and other organisations meets regularly to examine the various issues - for consumers, European society, and policy makers - surrounding the growing trade in illicit goods and services

Bill was first elected as MEP in 1979 as Conservative representing Lincolnshire in the UK. Re-elected in 1984 and 1989, and became Chairman and Joint-Leader of the British Conservative MEP delegation in 1993. In 1999 Bill was elected once again as a Conservative MEP, but crossed the floor to join the Liberal Democrat Party in November 2000 because of the increasing anti-European move of the Conservative Party in Britain.

During 1980s Bill wrote pamphlets drawing attention to the EU's Democratic Deficit. Bill has also written two full-length biographies, and the first novel to be set in the European Parliament, which is called The Devil Knew Not.

His most recent pamphlet argues for a European version of the FBI

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