Julian was first elected in 2010. After his re-election five years later, he was appointed Assistant Government Whip.
Before entering Parliament, Julian had a successful career as an entrepreneur. During this time Julian set up and led Arq International, a leader in its field of executive recruiting, based in London and Singapore and working across Europe, Asia and the United States. As MP, Julian has focused on business and rural issues, national security, and international development concerns. He is a member of the cross party group supporting the Transantlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and a member of the Fresh Start group of Conservative MPs, making the case for EU reform. He led the campaign for Superfast Broadband in North Yorkshire and has also been closely involved in bringing the Tour de France Grand Depart to the UK.