Julie Elliott

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Julie Elliott
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Julie Elliott
Member of Parliament
for Sunderland Central
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by New constituency
Majority 11,179 (26.8%)
Personal details
Born (1963-07-29) 29 July 1963 (age 53)
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Newcastle Polytechnic
Website http://julie4sunderland.co.uk/
Twitter: @JulieElliottMP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieElliottSunderland

Julie Elliott (born 29 July 1963) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunderland Central since 2010.[1] She was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott, the youngest of three children, was born in Whitburn, near Sunderland, in July 1963. Her father, Harold, served as an apprentice joiner at Sunderland Shipbuilders before working as a blacksmith striker at Wearmouth Colliery.[3][4][5]

She was educated at Seaham Northlea Comprehensive, later gaining a degree in Government and Public Policy at Newcastle Polytechnic – now known as Northumbria University.[3][4]

Elliott, the mother of four children, served as a school governor for Whitburn Comprehensive from 1991-2004, including a stint as chair. She also served as a governor at primary schools across Sunderland and South Tyneside.[6]

She joined the National Asthma Campaign in 1998 as a regional organiser and, in 1999, became a regional organiser for the GMB Trade Union. Her work with the union included responsibility for political matters, representing members in employment tribunals and regional pay negotiations.[3][4]

Outside of her parliamentary duties, Elliott enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, walking along the coastline of her constituency and watching International Rugby Union.[5][7]

Political life[edit]

Elliott joined the Labour Party in 1984 and worked as a regional organiser from 1993-1998. In 1997, she served as the agent for Tynemouth and played a key role in winning the seat for Labour for the first time since 1948.[4]

She was elected as MP for Sunderland Central in May 2010 and went on to serve on the European Scrutiny Committee and the Business and Skills Select Committee. She was also Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Primary Care and Public Health.[8]

In October 2013, Elliott became a Shadow Minister in the Shadow Department for Energy and Climate Change, with specific responsibility for renewable energy. She also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Caroline Flint[4]

Elliott was re-elected as MP for Sunderland Central in May 2015 with 20,959 votes and, after leaving the Front Bench in September 2015, she became a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.[9]

She was elected as Chair of the PLP Backbench Housing and Planning Committee in November 2015, and is a member of the National Policy Forum.[10] In addition to these roles, Elliott serves as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rugby Union and is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities.[7]

Elliott has consistently voted in favour of the removal of hereditary peers from the House of Lords, equal gay rights and same-sex marriage. She has also voted against university tuition fees, proposed reductions in spending on welfare benefits and culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis. She has spoken in more than 20 debates in the last year and received answers to 33 written questions.[11]


Elliott has taken an active role in several campaigns over the decades, both before and after becoming an MP.[12][13][14][15]

One of the first, while working with the National Asthma Campaign in 1998, involved urging the Government to ban smoking in public places.[16] She later worked with the GMB to change the law around compensation paid to victims of asbestos-related diseases.[15]

Since becoming an MP Elliott has joined forces with the Sunderland Echo to successfully campaign against the closure of Sunderland Central Fire Station in 2014.[12] She also led a campaign against the use of zero hour contracts in 2013.[14]


MP Julie Elliott
  1. ^ "Sunderland Central". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Your MP". yournextmp.org. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "About Julie". Julie Elliott MP. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Julie Elliott". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Julie Elliott MP". sunderlandecho.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sunderland Central". dorsetecho.co.uk. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Julie Elliott MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Julie Elliott MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "PLP Department". Labourlist.org. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Julie Elliott Votes". Theyworkforyou.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Fire station appeal". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Zero Hour contracts". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Workplace Issues". TUC.org.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Asbestosis ruling". TUC.org.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ban smoking in public". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central