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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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York Press column – Government must deliver on growth to maintain trust

York Press column – Government must deliver on growth to maintain trust

There is no point pretending last week’s heavy by-election losses do not send a serious message to the government. Defeated in both a traditionally very ‘safe’ rural West Country seat and urban West Yorkshire, my party is clearly struggling to retain public confidence across a diverse swathe of communities. My thoughts on how our leadership

Haxby Railway Station one step closer with successful Restoring York Railways bid

Following months of intense lobbying in Westminster supporting City of York Council’s bid for...

Julian backs precision breeding law to ensure food security and protect the environment

This week, Julian used the first House of Commons stage of the government’s Genetic...

York Press column – Action on Education

Every child deserves a first-class education to equip them with the skills to pursue...

Julian reacts to High Court decision on Leeds Children’s Heart Unit

March 7, 2013

Julian has today welcomed a High Court’s decision in favour of the Leeds-based ‘Save our Surgery’ campaign, in their case against the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts.

Last year, as part of the Safe and Sustainable Review, the JCPCT decided, based on a points-scoring assessment, that the Leeds Unit should be closed. The ‘Save our Surgery’ campaign group, which wants to prevent the closure of the Leeds Unit, legally challenged the JCPCT’s decision, as it was felt that they had gone through the process with a predetermined outcome in mind.

Julian, who has been working very closely with the ‘Save our Surgery’ campaigners, had this to say:

“I am absolutely delighted to hear that the High Court have ruled in favour of the Save Our Surgery campaign and have found the JCPCT’s original decision to be flawed. This is testament to the hard work of families from across Yorkshire who have been campaigning tirelessly to keep the Leeds Unit open.

“It seems clear that the High Court’s decision is in agreement with the campaigners who believe the JCPCT treated the Safe and Sustainable review as a ‘rubber stamping’ process to achieve a predetermined outcome. The ramifications of the Court’s decision are still unknown and there is very clearly a lot of work still to be done in order to keep the Leeds Unit free from closure. However, today’s decision is a fantastic step in the right direction and a vindication for all those who passionately believe that the Leeds Unit should have a future. It’s clearly cause for some celebration.”