Julia Lopez MP has represented the Greater London constituency of Hornchurch & Upminster in parliament since June 2017. She was promoted by the Prime Minister to Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office in 2020, having served on the International Trade Committee in the 2017-2019 parliament.
She supports work on public sector transformation through leadership of the Government Digital Service, Government Communications Service and Civil Service Human Resources functions. This incorporates a number of transformational programmes, including ‘One Login for Government’ and ‘Reshaping the Government Communications Service’. She also contributes to the Places for Growth programme to make government less Whitehall-centric, efforts to crackdown on public sector fraud and cross-departmental work to maximise the opportunities of EU exit, including reforms to government procurement.
Julia grew up in Essex and was educated at her local state primary and secondary schools before securing a place at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, to read Social and Political Sciences.
After university, Julia moved to East London and entered elected politics for the first time in 2014 as a councillor in Tower Hamlets in order to fight corruption, electoral fraud and maladministration in the borough. She led the office of a Central London MP, where she worked with financial and professional services firms in the City of London and ran a successful campaign for tax relief to support the creative industries. She has co-authored two books on the financial crash and its aftermath, and was writing her own book about London’s development in the new millennium before her election to parliament. She worked with the International Office of the Conservative Party to strengthen international trade, democratic systems and party alliances in developing nations and across Europe in the run-up to the EU referendum. She was also a trustee of education charity, Inspire Malawi.
She and her British-Australian husband, who was born in El Salvador, have a young daughter.