Julie Pörksen


Julie Pörksen is standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency. As candidate in 2015, she secured 29% of the vote, coming second to the Conservatives.

She has a strong record of supporting individuals, communities and businesses through championing justice and accessible quality local services. Julie believes that fairness and equality have to be at the forefront of today’s society and that our health and opportunities in education and in life must not be determined by wealth or where we are from.

Julie says, “I am delighted to confirm that I shall be standing again for the Liberal Democrats in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency. The Conservatives are brutally slashing key local services such as our NHS in community hospitals like Rothbury, Berwick and Alnwick; running down our local councils so they cannot afford to provide vital social care; and cutting school budgets. These cuts affect everybody and reinforce the division between rich and poor, North and South, rural and urban.”

On national issues, Julie argues, “Berwick’s Conservative MP has failed to deliver on key commitments, has backed hard Brexit. Our local businesses, farmers, communities, environment, health services and young people thrive through the exports, support and opportunities that Europe offers the North East. Yet the Conservatives are risking all our futures with a hard Brexit.”

She also states that, “For me, the role of being your MP is not to be the Government’s representative in Northumberland but to be Berwick Constituency’s champion in Westminster. It is very clear that we need an effective Opposition, and Labour cannot provide it. I am the best-placed challenger to beat the Conservatives.”

Originally from Belsay, Julie has worked in the agriculture, higher education and charity sectors in Aberdeen and Peru.  She lives in Rothbury and is training to become a teacher.











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