Julian Smith (politician)

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Julian Smith
File:Julian Smith MP.jpg
Smith, 2012
Member of Parliament
for Skipton and Ripon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by David Curry
Majority 20,761 (38.1%)
Personal details
Born (1971-08-30) 30 August 1971 (age 51)
Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Birmingham University
Religion Christian
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

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

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 after the 2015 General Election was appointed an Assistant Government Whip in David Cameron's Second Ministry.[6]

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.[7] Smith argued the newspaper should be investigated as it had "endangered" British security personnel by publishing leaked information,[8]


  1. The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8744. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  2. "Skipton and Ripon". BBC. Retrieved 7 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Julian Smith: Biography Publisher: Politics.co.uk Retrieved: 14 March 2013.
  4. "Julian Smith". Who's Who. Retrieved 3 June 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Julian Smith". Parliament UK. Retrieved 7 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Her Majesty's Government". Gov.UK. Retrieved 13 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Did Conservative MP Julian Smith endanger national security?". Guardian. 25 Oct 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Smith, Julian (22 October 2013). "Julian Smith MP: The Guardian's impact on national security". Politics Home. Retrieved 7 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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