About Julian Sturdy
Julian is born and bred in North Yorkshire having never lived outside the county after returning home following studies at agricultural college.
Before entering politics, Julian was a working farmer in York. Seeing our region neglected after 13 years of Labour Government, Julian felt compelled to make a change and stood for the newly formed constituency of York Outer in 2010. Since winning that election, he has been re-elected three further times.
Since being elected, Julian has worked on all manner of issues affecting residents of the villages and suburbs of York Outer. No issue is too small but that does not mean we have not also had some big wins. Julian has successfully campaigned for funding to dual the northern ring road, delivered millions of pounds worth of investment to improve our city’s flood defences, and joined the local community to object to overdevelopment near Askham Bog.
Using his background in farming, Julian currently sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee scrutinising important bills, such as new post-Brexit trade deals, as well as holding Ministers to account. He is also a keen advocate for the use of science and technology in agriculture to help secure our domestic food security and ensure we can feed an ever-growing population outside while reaching net zero. Julian is also the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics, which brings politicians from both Houses of Parliament together to examine the challenges society will face due to antibiotic resistance.
Outside of politics, Julian (sometimes) enjoys the ups and down of being a Leeds United fan as well as supporting the excellent hospitality industry in York one restaurant at a time. Julian recently walked Hadrian’s Wall for charity, alongside a group of close friends, and is now looking for his next fundraising challenge.