Julian Smith (politician)

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Julian Smith

Official portrait of Julian Smith crop 2.jpg
Official portrait, 2017
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
2 November 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
DeputyEsther McVey
Christopher Pincher
Preceded byGavin Williamson
Deputy Chief Government Whip
Treasurer of the Household
In office
13 June 2017 – 2 November 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Chief WhipGavin Williamson
Preceded byAnne Milton
Succeeded byEsther McVey
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
17 July 2016 – 13 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byKris Hopkins
Succeeded byChris Heaton-Harris
Assistant Government Whip
In office
11 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Chief WhipMark Harper
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the International Development Secretary
In office
4 September 2012 – 11 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byMark Lancaster
Succeeded byAndrew Bingham
Member of Parliament
for Skipton and Ripon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byDavid Curry
Majority19,985 (34.4%)
Personal details
Born (1971-08-30) 30 August 1971 (age 47)
Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
WebsiteOfficial website

Julian Richard Smith PC (born 30 August 1971) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Chief Whip of the Conservative Party since 2017, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Skipton and Ripon since 2010.

In 2010, Smith was elected as MP with 27,685 votes (50.6% of the votes cast); giving him a majority of 9,950 votes.[1][2] He was appointed Chief Whip of the House of Commons by Prime Minister Theresa May in November 2017. He previously served as Deputy Chief Whip to Gavin Williamson from June 2017 to November 2017.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in the city of Stirling[3] in the Central Belt of Scotland on 30 August 1971.[4]

Smith was educated at Balfron High School, a local comprehensive, followed by a Sixth Form Bursary to Millfield School, an independent school in the town of Street in Somerset in South West England, followed by the University of Birmingham, where he read English and History.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Smith was elected as MP for Skipton and Ripon in 2010 with a majority of 9,950, and was returned to the House of Commons in 2015 with an increased majority of 20,761. In Parliament, he served on the Scottish Affairs Committee for a brief period in 2010[5] and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for International Development, from September 2010 to 2012. Smith was subsequently Parliamentary Private Secretary to Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, from 2012 to May 2015. After the 2015 General Election, Smith was appointed an Assistant Government Whip in David Cameron's Second Ministry.[6]

Following the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum on 23 June, Smith was one of six MPs who led the Parliamentary leadership campaign on behalf of the Home Secretary, Theresa May.[7] After May became Prime Minister on 13 July 2016, four days later Smith was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, a senior position within the Government Whips' Office.[8] Since 2 November 2017, he has been the Chief Whip of the House of Commons.

Security[edit]

In October 2013 The Guardian alleged that Smith may have breached national security by posting an image on his website of himself alongside military personnel.[9] Smith had previously asked questions in Parliament about whether The Guardian's handling of intelligence material leaked by Edward Snowden had breached national security. He reported the newspaper to the police.[9] Smith argued the newspaper should be investigated as it had "endangered" British security personnel by publishing leaked information.[10]

Pairing Controversy[edit]

On 19 July 2018, Smith was reported to be resisting calls to resign his position as Government Chief Whip, following allegations that he had instructed five Conservative MPs to break "pairing" agreements in an important parliamentary vote the previous day. Only one MP, Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis, complied with the instruction. Subsequent reports indicated that Smith had given similar instructions to five MPs, but Lewis had been the only one willing to break what one commentator described later as "a centuries old ‘code of honour’". Before it had become known that the affair had involved approaches by Smith to more than one MP, the Prime Minister backed Lewis by asserting that "The breaking of the pair was done in error. It wasn't good enough and will not be repeated."[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8744.
  2. ^ "Skipton and Ripon". BBC. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b Julian Smith: Biography Publisher: Politics.co.uk Retrieved: 14 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Julian Smith". Who's Who. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Julian Smith". Parliament UK. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Her Majesty's Government". Gov.UK. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Interview: Chief Whip Gavin Williamson MP on his factory worker beginnings and recent promotion « Express & Star". www.expressandstar.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Skipton MP Julian Smith given key promotion in the Government of new Prime Minister Theresa May". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Did Conservative MP Julian Smith endanger national security?". Guardian. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  10. ^ Smith, Julian (22 October 2013). "Julian Smith MP: The Guardian's impact on national security". Politics Home. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  11. ^ Mikey Smith (19 July 2018). "Tory chief whip Julian Smith under mounting pressure to resign over Brexit vote 'cheating'". Daily Mirror, London. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ Joe Murphy; Nicholas Cecil. "Tory chief whip Julian Smith urged to quit over pairing deal 'error'". Evening Standard, London. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Curry
Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon
2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Anne Milton
Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2017
Succeeded by
Esther McVey
Treasurer of the Household
2017
Preceded by
Gavin Williamson
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2017–present
Incumbent
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
2017–present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gavin Williamson
Conservative Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2017–present
Incumbent