t: 01904 784847 e: julian.sturdy.mp@parliament.uk
Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

Latest News & Campaigns

Julian joins Lobular Moon Shot Project

Julian joins Lobular Moon Shot Project

Julian has joined over one-hundred Members of Parliament backing the Lobular Moon Shot Project to improve research funding into lobular breast cancer. Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer (ILC) is the 2nd most common type of breast cancer. 3.75 million people will be diagnosed with this cancer in the next 10 years, yet ILC currently has no specific treatment and behaves

Julian unites with Cancer Research UK

Julian marked World Cancer Day at a special Cancer Research UK event at Westminster...

Julian supports deposit return scheme to keep York tidy

Julian attended a parliamentary drop-in session to discuss hosted by “Reloop” and “Keep Britain...

Julian writes to FCA urging better protection for village banking services

Julian joined 56 other Members of Parliament in penning a letter to the Chief...

Julian meets Minister on pandemic-style antibiotic resistance threat

July 26, 2021

Last week, Julian met with Minister for the Environment Rebecca Pow, introducing her to academic researchers from Exeter University, who have proposals for how the government’s Environment Bill could be improved to better counter the risk of antibiotic resistance driven by antimicrobial residues in water and sewage.

The growth of antibiotic- and drug-resistant infection is one of the greatest threats to global health, having the potential to be even more catastrophic than coronavirus. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to antibiotics being used against them, and become able to resist the use of these medicines. This means vital medicines for common infectious diseases cease to work, and these conditions become much harder to combat.

Conditions like pneumonia and TB are already proving more difficult to treat as a result, and everyday procedures like caesareans and hip operations could become too dangerous to carry out. Already 50,000 deaths each year in Europe and North America are attributed to resistance, and it is projected that 10 million people will die annually across the globe by 2050 unless steps are taken.

Julian is chair of Parliament’s All-Party Group on Antibiotics, and has therefore led on this vital issue for several years. Last summer he organised a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister signed by 35 MPs and peers, calling for more high-level leadership and coordination across government on the issue from UK ministers.

After the meeting, Julian said: ‘I was very pleased to be able to facilitate these suggestions being put to the Minister, and am glad the government is open-mined on how we go about tackling the enormous challenge of resistance.

The ongoing virus situation is graphic evidence of how devastating public health emergencies can be, so decisionmakers have a serious responsibility to enhance current efforts to tackle the proven risk of antibiotic resistance.

This looming risk threatens York as much as anywhere, and I will continue to press the government wherever possible on this to protect my constituents.”