Julian Charles Sturdy[1] (born 3 June 1971) is a British Conservative Party politician and farmer. He was elected at the 2010 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for York Outer.

Julian Sturdy
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Member of Parliament
for York Outer
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byConstituency created
Personal details
Born (1971-06-03) 3 June 1971 (age 48)
Political partyConservative
Alma materHarper Adams University

Early life and careerEdit

Sturdy was born on 3 June 1971 to Robert Sturdy, later a Conservative Party MEP, and he grew up in Yorkshire, England.[2] From 1981 to 1989, he was privately educated at Ashville College, a co-educational independent school in the spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire; he states "...my years there helped shape me into being the person I am today".[3] He then studied at Harper Adams Agricultural College close to the village of Edgmond (near to the market town of Newport) in Shropshire.[4]

Prior to entering Parliament, Sturdy served as a Harrogate councillor, between 2002 and 2007.[4] He stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Scunthorpe in the 2005 general election, finishing second with 25.7% of the vote.[5] He is also a farmer, a career for which he had studied at agricultural college.

Parliamentary careerEdit

First elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for York Outer in the 2010 general election with a majority of 3,688,[6] Sturdy became a member of the Transport Select Committee in July that year.[7]

Sturdy successfully introduced a private member's bill introducing new procedures for handling horses abandoned or left to graze on others' land. The Control of Horses Bill passed into law in 2015 and was welcomed by The British Horse Society.[8]

He was re-elected in the 2017 general election with 51.1 per cent of votes cast.[9]

He has a mixed voting record in Parliament on the issue of regulating Fracking, with two votes against greater environmental controls and two votes for more conditions and restrictions on where it can take place.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Sturdy's wife is Victoria, who he employs part-time as his secretary on a salary just under £20,000.[11] The family live in London and Bilton-in-Ainsty, North Yorkshire.[4][12]


  1. ^ "No. 59,418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. pp. 8, 746.
  2. ^ "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Julian Sturdy". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Newly Elected MP Speech Day Guest of Honour (on page 2)" (PDF). The Ashvillian Society. June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Julian Sturdy". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Scunthorpe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  6. ^ "York Outer". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Membership of Transport Committee confirmed". Parliament.uk. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Welfare and Rural Organisations Welcome Passage of Fly-Grazing Bill into Law". British Horse Society. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  9. ^ Election 2017. "York outer results 2017". BBC news. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  10. ^ "They Work for You". GOV.UK. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  11. ^ "IPSA". GOV.UK. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  12. ^ Laycock, Mike; Stead, Mark (7 May 2010). "York Outer victor Julian Sturdy sets out his aims". The Press. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

External linksEdit

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