***I am no longer an MEP – my mandate came to end on 31st January when the UK left the EU***
Julie is a former Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England, covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. As such she is a member of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and, in turn, part of the second largest group in the European Parliament, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
In the 2014-19 legislature Julie served on the Parliament’s Culture & Education (CULt) Committee, the Regional Development (REGI) Committee and the Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights (FEMM). In the new legislature she will continue serving on the Culture and Education as a Vice President and on Regional Development Committees with additional responsibility for Economic and Monetary Affairs as a substitute member of the ECON Committee.
First elected in May 2014, Julie previously had a long career in the cultural sector, working with marginalised communities using arts as a tool for well-being, empowerment and social change. Prior to being elected as an MEP, Julie had been working with partners in the EU and beyond for more than a decade. For instance, she was involved in an international delegation to Belfast to participate in an all-party discussion about the role of the arts in peace-building processes.
Julie decided to go to university for the first time in 2009 and enrolled in a Masters’ course at Newcastle, studying Education and International Development. This meant learning about economics, human rights and poverty. She graduated in 2012 determined to use her new-found knowledge for the greater good.
Julie has extensive experience of front-line grassroots work, engaging with people from all walks of life as they try to do their best for their families and their communities often in very challenging circumstances.