Friday, 8 August 2014

Lib Dem City Councillor Julie Smith appointed to the House of Lords

Cambridge Liberal Democrats are delighted that Newnham councillor Julie Smith has been announced this morning as a Liberal Democrat appointment to the House of Lords.

Julie has been a councillor in Newnham for over ten years and has served as an Executive Councillor, as well as being a Vice-Chair of the party's influential Federal Policy Committee. She is Director of the European Centre in the POLIS department at Cambridge University and a fellow of Robinson College. Julie was Head of the European Programme at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) from 1999 until 2003.

Julie commented "Having been involved in politics for over thirty years and a councillor in Cambridge for the last decade, it is very exciting and a great honour to be asked to continue this work in the Lords, where I look forward to working with colleagues to deliver Liberal Democrat policies which I have long helped formulate as a member of the party's Federal Policy Committee."

Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, said: "Julie has given outstanding service to the people and City of Cambridge in her roles as a conscientious Newnham councillor and very able Executive Councillor. With her strong policy-making expertise in defence, European policy and other fields, I have no doubt she will make a significant contribution to the work of Parliament. In addition, given Julie's strong commitment to replacing the Lords with an elected upper house, I am confident she will strive to achieve this and other vital constitutional reforms at the earliest possible moment."

Julie's ward colleague in Newnham, Sian Reid added “We are thrilled that Julie's talents have been recognised with this appointment. She will be an excellent addition to the House of Lords.”