Julian a local farmer was born in Yorkshire in 1971, he is married to Victoria and they have two children George aged three and Florence aged one. Julian was brought up and has worked in the York area all his life, he studied agriculture at Harper Adams University before running a successful farming and property business which he is still involved with today.
Julian has always been very actively involved with his local community, he has been a governor of a local school educational foundation for the last five years, he is a director of Harrogate District Community Transport, set up a local residents association and is a senior steward for the Great Yorkshire Show. He believes local communities should be at the heart of society and is passionate about keeping them there.
In his spare time Julian enjoys spending time with his young family, he is also a passionate sports fan following Yorkshire County Cricket and Leeds United football Club.
Julian Sturdy's Experience
Julian has been involved in the Conservative party since leaving school and actively campaigning for the local party in Yorkshire from 1992.
In May 2002 Julian was elected as a Councillor for Marston Moor ward an area on the south eastern edge of Harrogate Borough Council bordering the City of York. He gained his seat form a sitting Liberal Democrat who was mayor elect at the time and in June 2004 Julian was re-elected with a much increased majority taking 78% of the vote.
In 2003 Julian was appointed Cabinet Member for Transport within the new Conservative administration on the Council and until recently was the cabinet member for Planning and Transport. In May 2007 Julian decided to stand down from the Council to put even more of his time and effort into the new York Outer Constituency.
At the last General Election Julian fought the safe Labour seat of Scunthorpe but still managed to substantially reduce the Labour majority, he felt the experience he gained from this was invaluable.