Julian Smith (politician)

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Julian Smith
Julian Smith MP.jpg
Smith, 2012
Deputy Chief Government Whip
Treasurer of the Household
Assumed office
13 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Anne Milton
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
17 July 2016 – 13 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Kris Hopkins
Succeeded by Chris Heaton-Harris
Assistant Government Whip
In office
11 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Member of Parliament
for Skipton and Ripon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by David Curry
Majority 20,761 (38.1%)
Personal details
Born (1971-08-30) 30 August 1971 (age 45)
Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Birmingham University
Website www.juliansmith.org.uk

Julian Richard Smith (born 30 August 1971) is the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Skipton and Ripon.[1] He was elected at the general election of 2010 with 27,685 votes (50.6% of the votes cast), giving him a majority of 9,950.[2]

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]

Political 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 stint 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 then Home Secretary, Theresa May.[7] May became Prime Minister on 13 July 2016 and four days later Smith was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, a senior position within the Government Whips' Office.[8]

In October 2013 The Guardian alleged that Smith may have breached national security by posting an image of him alongside military personnel on his website.[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, and 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]

Smith was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[11]


  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. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Curry
Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon