Julie is a Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England, covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

As such she is a member of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and, in turn, part of the second largest group in the European Parliament, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

Julie serves on the Parliament’s Culture & Education Committee and is a Vice President of the Group. She is also a member of the Regional Development Committee and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the Labour Party’s Policy Commission on Education and Children.