Julian Huppert‘s involvement in Cambridge politics began in 1997 when he ran the student campaign for the general election. He went on to represent the city for eight years as a county councillor for the East Chesterton ward and as county Lib Dem leader. In 2005, Julian fought the Huntingdon Parliamentary Seat gaining votes from the Conservatives and taking second place. He was elected to the Cambridge seat in 2010 and sits on the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill. On a national and international level, a long-standing interest in the United Nations and human rights has led to him organising a number of UN-based conferences. He is a member of the Liberty’s national council and advises director, Shami Chakrabarti on scientific aspects of human rights and civil liberties, such as the national DNA database. Julian grew up in Cambridge, attending both school and university in the city. He stayed on to take a PhD in biological chemistry and was a research scientist at the city’s Cavendish Laboratory, specialising in the structure of DNA.
What motivated you to become a Member of Parliament?
I got interested in politics when I was 13 - but then mostly in the United Nations and international affairs. There's something called Model UN which I used to do a lot - simulations of how the UN works, where pupils/students represent different countries. It was lots of fun!
Then when I got older I became more interested in local politics... Read more
about 2 years ago