We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Welcome to the website of Julie Smith

I am a Cambridge academic specialising in European Politics and the History of the European Union and a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, where I am a Defence Spokesperson.

Julie Smith

I served as a City Councillor for Newnham ward in Cambridge from 2003 until May 2015, when I stood down to focus on the Lords and my academic career. I was Executive Councillor for Arts and Recreation, with responsibility for sports, open spaces and arts in the City, from 2006 until 2010, and Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources from 2012 to 2014.

Nationally, I am an active member of the Lib Dem Federal Policy Committee, currently serving as Vice-Chair. Over the years, I have served on various policy working groups, including those on Liberal Democracy, Better Governance, Defence and Europe. I have also served on the Council of the European Liberal party, ELDR (as ALDE was previously known.

Passionate about international politics, I have served as Chairman and then as a Vice-President of the Liberal International (British Group), an independent organisation closely linked to the Lib Dems, and am a former Vice-President of the Liberal International.

I hope that my website gives you an insight into my background, Newnham ward, and attitudes to politics locally, nationally and internationally.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you've got any questions that aren't answered here.

Very best wishes,

Julie Smith

Recent updates

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Apr 5, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough Council Gritting Lorry
    Article: Dec 14, 2016

    Winter gritting cuts in Cambridgeshire proposed by the Conservatives have been overturned, following a vigorous Lib Dem campaign.

    At a meeting of the full county council, councillors voted overwhelmingly to put back the gritting routes that had been withdrawn by the Conservative led council earlier in the year. The County Council had previously voted through a budget which cut the percentage of roads gritted from 44% to 30%, including cuts to many school bus routes.

  • Trevor Sheldrick - new Liberal Democrat county councillor for Hadleigh Sep 16
    Article: Sep 23, 2016

    Liberal Democrats are celebrating gaining the Hadleigh seat on Suffolk County Council. As a result the out of touch Conservatives have lost their majority on the council. They can no longer be certain of driving through their policies at budget time and on other crucial votes.

    Suffolk's newest county councillor is Trevor Sheldrick, a respected town councillor with a long record of service to the town. The full result was:

  • Chris White
    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Sound Finance, Solid Experience - Chris White, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire

    Chris White is Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on St Albans Council and has been a Hertfordshire county councillor since 1993. He has built a reputation as a formidable campaigner.

  • EU / UK flags
    Article: Mar 17, 2016

    The former Political Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times backs the United Kingdom remaining in the EU. Graham Dines says:

    "I shall be voting and campaigning to remain a member of the European Union. I believe it is in the best interests of the UK as a whole to be making decisions at the heart of Europe rather than being an impotent by-stander watching from the sidelines.

  • EU / UK flags
    Article: Jan 24, 2016
  • Universal Credit
    Article: Jan 1, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have fired a challenge to Conservative backbenchers and Labour to join with the party in its attempt to stop cuts to Universal Credit.

    Working families could lose more than £1,000 a year when the changes for new claimants come into force in April.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said the first "big political battle of 2016" will be over Tory plans to cut support for working families on low incomes. The party is set to table an amendment in the House of Lords to the Government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill in a bid to repeal the planned changes.

  • Fracking Illustration
    Article: Dec 22, 2015

    On 15th December, the Conservative Government forced through plans to allow fracking in National Parks without a proper debate in the House of Commons. The Government will make the changes through a Statutory Instrument which means there is no Commons debate held around the details of their proposals.

  • A14 Traffic at Present
    Article: Dec 13, 2015

    Both the Midland Main Line and the East Coast Main Line cross the East of England Region. Both are used to move freight on rail and both suffer from capacity problems. Several critical rail freight enhancements are being deferred as part of the government's insistance that Network Rail delays its enhancement plans.

  • Flood Warning
    Article: Dec 11, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the government to provide additional funding to affected areas to help deal with the recent floods.

    Following the extreme flooding of the last couple of days, reside nts in Cumbria have been forced to evacuate as their homes have flooded, whilst business premises have also been adversely affected. Local infrastructure has also faced a severe hit, with many residents facing power blackouts, and many local roads in severe need of repair.