Julia Lopez was first elected to represent the seat of Hornchurch & Upminster in June 2017, after securing 60 per cent of the vote and a majority of 17 723 at the General Election.
Julia's Work Since 2017
One of Julia's priorities has been to increase our constituency's profile in Westminster to ensure it gets the resource residents deserve. By bringing the most senior Cabinet Ministers and MPs to Havering, Julia has been able to showcase the area’s potential in a way that has led to tangible outcomes - from the £17 million we secured for a new health centre in Hornchurch to the £50 million the Department for Transport has made available for Gallows Corner improvements, the extra cash secured for the Met and the new nursery places, capital investment and special needs money that Julia won for our schools and sixth form college.
Meanwhile, Julia has set up a range of community events and groups to benefit residents and local businesses such as the Older People’s Fair, the Trade Hub for companies looking to export and the Upminster shopkeepers’ group that we hope will boost our high street. Working with her local team, Julia has also undertaken campaigns and petitions to keep open police stations and Post Offices, and to secure step-free access to our stations.
In her tenure as an MP, Julia set out to provide residents with a high quality, responsive and efficient service. She established a constituency office in Upminster to complement the Conservative Party office in Hornchurch, and with her team has now helped over 3500 individual constituents with their cases and enquiries, visited forty local schools and colleges and undertaken countless visits to businesses and community groups across the constituency.
Julia was elected as a member of the International Trade Select Committee, and has spent two years contributing to preparations for the next stage of our journey as a nation as the UK leaves the European Union, tabling and leading two debates on how we can deliver Brexit and design an independent international trading strategy for the future.
Julia helped bring in tougher powers to fight knife crime and terrorism and has taken a range of local issues to national level such as the campaign to improve access to medicines for children with cancer and cystic fibrosis sufferers, and the lifting on the borrowing cap to help councils deliver a wider range of affordable accommodation for local people.
Julia is Secretary to the All-Party Group on Disabilities and has campaigned for adaptable, lifetime homes and a more accessible transport system. Julia is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, where she spent time with the Royal Air Force better to understand the challenges our serving personnel face.
There is so much more that Julia hopes to achieve for our constituency with the help of her parliamentary office and local team. In the coming years, Julia wants to be fully-engaged with the design of the St George’s Health and Well Being Hub in Hornchurch such that Havering becomes a nationwide success story in integrated health and social care, community healthcare and disease prevention work. Across Harold Hill, Julia wants to continue her work on youth engagement and social mobility by rolling out new partnerships between schools, emergency services and community organisations like the West Ham United Foundation. In Hornchurch and Upminster, Julia wants to deepen relationships with the local business community and improve our high streets, green spaces and residents’ sense of safety, and across the constituency Julia wants to roll out our new work experience and debating competitions to get school children engaged with our democratic system from an early age.
Julia wants to play an active role in building an exciting new path for Britain after Brexit, linking up new transport infrastructure with expanding ports in the Thames Gateway region, building deeper financial services partnerships and trading relationships with countries like Singapore, the United States and Australia, and reforming our education and skills systems so that we have a dynamic, globally-competitive workforce.
Julia was born in Harlow, Essex, as Julia Dockerill and grew up in Stansted Mountfitchet with her Mum, Dad and two sisters. Julia's Mum was a primary school teacher and now runs a small tuition business, while Julia's Dad started his career at Unigate, managing a dairy in Chadwell Heath, and later ran SMEs and helped with family business turnarounds. Julia got married in September 2017 to her British-Australian husband, who was born in El Salvador and works as an IT developer. Julia took his name of Lopez, and in October 2019, they were delighted to welcome their daughter into the world.
Julia went to her local state primary and secondary schools, and later secured a place at Queens' College, University of Cambridge, to read Social and Political Sciences. After university Julia moved to East London, and in 2014 entered elected politics for the first time as a councillor in Tower Hamlets. It was the experience of corruption, electoral fraud and maladministration in the borough that inspired Julia to stand for elected office for the first time. She sat on the council's strategic planning committee, deciding large-scale developments in urban regeneration areas across the East End and in Canary Wharf at a time when the borough was the fastest-growing region of the UK. She was also Scrutiny Lead for Children’s Services, spearheading investigations on free schools and reform of youth services after widespread allegations of misconduct.
Julia's career has involved leading the office of a Central London MP, where she worked extremely closely with financial and professional services firms in the City of London, as well as small businesses and creative industries. Julia has co-authored two books on the financial crash and its aftermath, and before her election was writing and researching her own book, London in the Noughties, for which she has interviewed a number of leading figures in the capital about London's development as a city in the new millennium. Between 2015 and 2017 Julia worked with the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) to strengthen international trade and party alliances in developing nations and across Europe, in both the run-up to the referendum and afterwards to lay the groundwork for Brexit negotiations. Julia has also worked with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WfD), to make political systems and parties more resilient and robust in developing nations, and was a trustee of education charity, Inspire Malawi, which builds schools and trains teachers in rural communities in Malawi.
Julia is patron of the Havering Association for People with Disabilities (H.A.D.), a fantastic local charity that supports people with disabilities and their carers, and she is a graduate of Westminster Abbey Institute's year-long Fellows Programme. The Programme takes twenty nominees from the worlds of politics, law, teaching, police, Armed Forces, civil service, clergy, science, media and the civil service and teaches them resilience and resolve in undertaking public service.