Julia Reid (born 16 July 1952) was a Member of the European Parliament for the South West England region. She was elected in 2014 for the UK Independence Party but resigned from the party on 8 December 2018. She was educated at The John Bentley School and the University of Bath, where she graduated with a degree in biochemistry, later obtaining a PhD in pharmacology. She worked as a diabetes laboratory researcher at the Royal United Hospital until being made redundant in 2009.
|UKIP Spokesperson for Health and Social Care|
11 June 2017 – 22 January 2018
|Leader||Steve Crowther (Acting)|
|Preceded by||Suzanne Evans|
|UKIP Spokesperson for the Environment|
29 November 2016 – 22 January 2017
Steve Crowther (Acting)
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Stuart Agnew|
|UKIP Spokesperson for Science|
24 July 2014 – 29 November 2016
Nigel Farage (Acting)
|Member of the European Parliament|
for South West England
1 July 2014 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Trevor Colman|
|Succeeded by||Ann Widdecombe|
|Born||16 July 1952|
London, England, UK
|Political party||Brexit Party (2019–present)|
SDP (1988) (1988–1990)
|Alma mater||University of Bath|
Reid joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during its inaugural year, 1981, and stayed with the party until its merger with the Liberals in 1988. Reid opposed the pro-EU stance of the new Liberal Democrats and instead joined the continuing SDP, remaining with them until their demise in 1990. In 1993, Reid joined the newly founded UKIP. She was fourth on the South West region party list for the 2009 European election. In 2010, she contested the new seat of Chippenham in the general election, finishing fourth with 1,783 votes (3.4%). In 2011, she became a research assistant for Trevor Colman. Reid was elected to Calne town council in 2013. She contested Chippenham again in 2015 – coming third.
Reid left UKIP in December 2018 in protest at the party's move to the right and, as the "final straw", the appointment of Tommy Robinson as an advisor. She joined the new Brexit Party in February 2019.
- Steve Crowther (statement). "UKIP-Interim leader selected". UKIP-News and Media.
- "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
- "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
- "vote 2014 – South West". BBC. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "Dr Julia Reid MEP resigns from UKIP over the current direction of the party – Dr Julia Reid MEP". Juliareid.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- Dr Julia Reid MEP [@julia_reid] (8 December 2018). ""PRESS RELEASE: Former UKIP Health Spokesperson, Dr Julia Reid MEP, has quit the party in protest over the direction it has taken over the past few months, citing the appointment of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) as "the final straw"" (Tweet). Retrieved 8 December 2018 – via Twitter.
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