Sarah Virginia ("Sal") Brinton, Baroness Brinton (b. 1 April 1955) is a member of the British Liberal Democrats. She contested the Watford constituency at the 2005 and 2010 General Elections coming second to Labour and the Conservatives respectively. Her father was Conservative MP Tim Brinton.
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.
Formerly Bursar of Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1997 to 2002, and a founder member of the Board of the East of England Development Agency from Dec 1998 to Dec 2004 (Deputy Chair from 2001 to 2004) she was a member of the Lib Dem’s national working group on education, skills and learning.
In 1997 she won the East Anglian entrepreneurial businesswoman of the year award. In 2003 Brinton was awarded an honorary PhD for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Ruskin University. She is presently a non-executive director of the University for Industry (Learndirect).
- BBC News New members of the House of Lords
- Daily Telegraph obituary of Tim Brinton
- Bowcott, Owen (19 November 2010). "Party donors and political apparatchiks appointed working peers". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- "10 Feb 2011". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (House of Lords). col. 347. 10 Feb 2011
- Sal Brinton official site
- Baroness Brinton profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
- Watford Liberal Democrats
- Guardian - Sal Brinton: Electoral history and profile
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