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.
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.
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