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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Statement on Sue Gray report

Statement on Sue Gray report

The Sue Gray report clearly shows that the Prime Minister has presided over a widespread culture of disregard for coronavirus regulations. Furthermore, questions are now being raised about whether the Prime Minister misled Parliament when asked about these events. Talking to constituents, it is clear discussions about parties in Downing Street remain a damaging distraction

Over £1 million of government support to help York businesses export

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Times Red Box article with Nigel Adams MP: Great British Railways should say Yes to York

This government is delivering on its commitment to level up regions such as ours....

York Press column: How the Queen’s Speech can level-up York

With nearly forty bills that will deliver on some of the Conservative Party’s biggest...

Julian submits to government consultation on future pandemic-style threats

April 11, 2022

Julian has contributed a comprehensive evidence submission to the government’s consultation on development of a new Biological Security Strategy.

This refreshed plan is designed to secure the United Kingdom against biological risks, including future coronavirus-style events, animal and plant diseases, biological warfare, and antibiotic resistance.

Julian was asked to submit in his capacity as long-term chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics, given his lengthy engagement on the antibiotic resistance threat.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health challenge, with the potential to be even more dangerous than coronavirus.

It occurs when disease bacteria change in response to antibiotics being used against them, and become able to resist medicines, fuelled by the over-prescribing of antibiotics. This means vital treatments for common infectious diseases cease to work, with conditions like TB and pneumonia already proving harder to treat as a result. Growing of resistance could even make routine procedures like hip replacements and caesareans too dangerous.

A projected 10 million people could die globally each year by 2050 due to growing antibiotic resistance, and it is already linked to 50,000 deaths annually across Europe and North America. The UK already plays a major leadership role in the world effort on resistance, the looming threat of which has been thrown into sharper focus by the recent pandemic.

After contributing the views of the All-Party Group, Julian said: “Given the lethal looming threat of antibiotic resistance, I thought it was vital to use this opportunity to again press Ministers on upgrading our measures to tackle this.

The awful impact of covid has underlined the need for intense vigilance against future public health dangers. My submission highlighted the Group’s recent work on how resistance is built up via leakage into water systems, and  stressed we have to make decisive progress on this overall.

I expect the government to carefully consider our suggestions, and will watch to see a robust Biological Security Strategy is developed which properly protects the residents of York.”