Julia Cambridge

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Julia Cambridge - PPC Chesterfield

Chesterfield,13 Candidates for Westminster Parliament - 2015 PPC,512 Derbyshire Constituencies - Regional Conference Representatives - 2015 Chesterfield 321 Ordinary Members Regional Executive 2015 PPC,513 Derbyshire Constituencies - Federal Conference Representatives - 2015 Chesterfield

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Julia was born in Cyprus, where her father was stationed with the RAF and her mother worked as a nurse. She first became politically aware during the miners strikes of the mid 70's. Confused at the stark and dark conditions her family lived in, she resolved to do something to help the community and so began a lifetime of community involvement, activism and campaigning.

Having trained at the Royal College of Art where she gained a BA (hons) and MA (RCA) in design, Julia worked in a freelance capacity as a fashion designer, illustrator and senior lecturer in fashion design. As well as having her own collection for Liberty's of London, Julia worked extensively abroad for design houses in New York and Milan where she built up her knowledge of Europe and the European business community. More recently Julia has been lecturing, and leading seminars to businesses, particularly SME's and start-ups, with a strong emphasis on women in business.

Julia's many community roles include being an AGE UK carer support volunteer and Chair of a national group which campaigns against the overdevelopment of urban gardens and green spaces. Her high profile campaigns against 'garden grabbing' led to her become a leading voice in the fight against unsympathetic construction on green field sites.

She has been a Liberal Democrat appointed school governor since 2010, has stood on behalf of the Liberal Democrats in local elections, been a local diversity officer and a regional corporate fundraiser.

She is a strong advocate for women's issues and is therefore thrilled to be the first woman to represent Chesterfield as PPC and Parliamentary Spokesperson.

Julia lives in the East Midlands with her husband, a Line Producer working in film and television, and her daughter who, when not studying, is a successful junior figure skater.

Statement after Selection for Chesterfield

Chesterfield Liberal Democrats elect Julia Cambridge as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

First ever woman to represent the party as PPC in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Liberal Democrats have announced that their PPC to fight the 2015 General election is to be Julia Cambridge. At a packed hustings on Saturday afternoon Julia Cambridge won by taking 85 per cent of the members' vote.

She said: 'I'm thrilled at the opportunity to fight for the people of Chesterfield. They have been telling me they want a full time presence in the community who understands what's important to them. I will fight for what they need including better housing, lasting jobs and apprenticeships.'

Julia has been a lifelong campaigner and following a high profile corporate career working in Europe has been lecturing to the business community.

She first became interested in politics during the miners' strikes in the 1970's. As a young girl she was afraid of the dark; in her speech to local party members she explained: 'The strikes meant that we had no heat or light.

One night, when my sister had been burnt by a candle and my mum was at her wits end, I asked why it was dark, from one parent I got the answer, "the government", from the other "the unions", which puts me where I am now fighting for, and helping the whole community.'

If Julia Cambridge wins for the Liberal Democrats in 2015 she will become the first ever woman MP to represent the Chesterfield constituency.

She continued: 'I'm determined to campaign here for a good deal for the people of Chesterfield and make sure that national policies benefit local people.'

Julia Cambridge will be adding her voice to that of local Councillors to press for strategic community action.

Photographs of Julia can be downloaded here