Julia Lopez (politician)

Julia Louise Lopez (née Dockerill, born 4 June 1984) is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and Upminster in Greater London since the 2017 general election.[4]

Julia Lopez

Lopez in 2020
Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office
Assumed office
14 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byJeremy Quin
Member of Parliament
for Hornchurch and Upminster
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byDame Angela Watkinson
Majority23,308 (43.2%)[1]
Personal details
Julia Louise Dockerill[2]

(1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 37)[3]
Harlow, Essex, England
Political partyConservative
Lorenzo López
(m. 2017)
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
WebsiteOfficial website

Before entering the House of Commons, she served as a local councillor on the Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, and a parliamentary aide.

She is the current Minister for Implementation.

Early life

Julia Louise Dockerill was born on 4 June 1984 in Harlow[5] and grew up in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, with her two sisters. Her mother was a primary school teacher and her father was a businessman.[6] She attended Bentfield Primary School, then the Hertfordshire and Essex High School in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, before going up to Queens' College, Cambridge, where she read Social and Political Sciences, graduating MA.[7][8]


From 2006, she worked as a researcher in the parliamentary office of then-MP for Cities of London and Westminster and Conservative Party Vice-Chairman, Mark Field. She became his chief of staff and co-authored two of his books Between the Crashes and The Best of Times. Dockerill has also worked as a ghostwriter.[9] While Dockerill was Field's parliamentary aide she was photographed in November 2016 carrying confidential notes on a Brexit-related meeting in Downing Street which indicated that the UK would not stay in the single market, and would not seek a transitional deal with the EU.[10][11]

In 2014, Dockerill was elected a councillor for St Katharine's and Wapping ward on Tower Hamlets London Borough Council.[9][12] In April 2017, she was selected as the Conservative candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster. The seat had been previously represented by Conservative MP Angela Watkinson since its formation in 2010 who had also represented the earlier constituency of Upminster since 2001.[13] Dockerill was elected to Parliament at the 2017 general election with a majority of 17,723 (31.6%) votes.[14] From September 2017, she sat on the Parliamentary International Trade Select Committee.[15]

Lopez supported Brexit in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum. She voted against then Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement in early 2019. In the indicative votes on 27 March, she voted against a referendum on a withdrawal agreement.[16] In October, Lopez voted for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit withdrawal agreement.[17] At the December 2019 general election, she was returned with an increased majority of 23,308 (43.2%) votes.[1]

In February 2020, Lopez was promoted to Government as Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, succeeding Jeremy Quin.

Personal life

In September 2017 she married her British-Australian long-term partner, who was born in El Salvador, and she adopted his patrilineal surname of Lopez; they have one daughter.

Lorenzo works in the Information Technology sector as a developer and has been elected FBCS[6]

See also


  1. "Hornchurch & Upminster". BBC News. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11776.
  3. "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. Anderson, Hayley (9 June 2017). "Election 2017: Conservative's Romford candidate Andrew Rosindell and Hornchurch and Upminster Julia Dockerill both win majority vote". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. "England & Wales Births 1837-2006". Findmypast. Retrieved 4 November 2019.(subscription required)
  6. Lopez, Julia. "About Julia Lopez MP". Julia Lopez. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  7. "Dockerill, Julia Louise". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  8. Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017. Biteback Publishing. pp. 262–263. ISBN 978-1-78590-278-9.
  9. Wallace, Mark (26 April 2017). "Cllr Julia Dockerill selected for Hornchurch and Upminster". ConservativeHome. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. Elgot, Jessica; Rankin, Jennifer (29 November 2016). "Minister dismisses 'have cake and eat it' Brexit notes". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  11. Kenber, Billy; McGrath, Hannah (13 June 2017). "Fresh faces make up the most diverse group of MPs in history". The Times. Retrieved 4 November 2019.(subscription required)
  12. "Election results for St Katharine's & Wapping". Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  13. Anderson, Hayley (19 April 2017). "Election 2017: Hornchurch and Upminster MP Dame Angela Watkinson to step down". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  14. "Hornchurch and Upminster". parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  15. "Julia Lopez MP". parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  16. "How MPs voted on May's withdrawal deal defeat". Financial Times. 29 March 2019. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019.
  17. Buchan, Lizzy (22 October 2019). "How your MP voted for Boris Johnson's Brexit deal". The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2019.