Julian has represented New Forest East since 1997, when the Conservatives went into Opposition. A prize-winning writer on Defence, he was a Shadow Defence Minister for more than six years, also serving as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and as an Opposition Whip. Previous roles include being Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department and sitting on the Defence Select Committee. He is a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which oversees MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. He strongly opposed military intervention in the Syrian Civil War and is a staunch Eurosceptic. Julian also spoke and voted against treblng student tuition fees and against selling-off the forest estate. He has waged numerous campaigns on local issues including schools, community hospitals, dementia and mental health services, and water fluoridation – which he opposes. He played a central role in preventing the development of a huge container port on sensitive land at Dibden Bay, close to the edge of the New Forest.