Minister for Health and Social Services
Key interests and
Julie’s key interests include health, equality, women’s
issues, the environment and children’s rights.
She is a long-time supporter of Macmillan and holds an
annual Coffee Morning. Julie also supports the development of the new £200m
Cancer Centre at Velindre in Cardiff North and has campaigned for many years in
support of a group of patients who contracted Hepatitis C as a following the
NHS contaminated blood scandal.
On the environment Julie is a supporter of the Reservoir
Action Group to save, and now restore, Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs. She
has also twice campaigned for an official Green Belt for north Cardiff and
continues to seek long-term protection for this land.
After a constituent’s son was severely injured by a dog,
Julie became a supporter of a campaign to support the control of dangerous
dogs. More recently she has campaigned to reduce food waste.
As a member of the Unite union Julie has a strong interest
in trade union rights and she chairs the Cross-Party Group on the PCS union, as
well as Cross-Party Groups on health and children.
Julie was a founder member of the Welsh Refugee Council. She
is also a founder member of the Women's Arts Association; and a patron of the
Touch Trust, Advocacy Matters, Pontyclun Bosom Pals, and Women Seeking
Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales.
She is also a trustee of Life for African Mothers and Vice
President of the City Hospice.
Julie Morgan was born in Cardiff and educated at Dinas Powys
Primary School, Howell’s School in Cardiff, King’s College London, the
University of Manchester and Cardiff University. She has a BA Hons in English
and a postgraduate diploma in Social Administration.
In 1997 Julie was elected as MP for Cardiff North - one of
only 13 women ever to have been Welsh MPs (to date) and the first woman to have
represented Cardiff in Westminster. She was MP for Cardiff North for 13 years
until she narrowly lost the seat by 194 votes in 2010.
As MP for Cardiff North Julie Morgan was a member of the Justice,
Welsh Affairs, and Public Administration Select Committees and of the
Parliamentary Labour Party's Women's Group.
She was chair of groups including the All-Party
Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children in Wales, working with children’s
voluntary groups across Wales; the APPG for Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform, and
the APPG for Sex Equality (working with the Equality and Human Rights
Commission). She was also co-chair of the APPG on Global TB.
During her time in Westminster she presented three Private
Members’ Bills - one on banning smoking in public places, one on granting votes
at 16, and one on preventing under-18s from using sunbeds which became law in
Julie was elected as the Assembly Member for Cardiff North
in 2011. During the Fourth Assembly she sat on the Public Accounts Committee,
the Finance Committee and the Environment Committee as well as chairing seven
Cross-Party Groups covering areas such
as children, cancer, and nursing and midwifery.
In the Fifth Assembly Julie was re-elected with the highest
number of votes cast for any AM. She chaired the Cross-Party Groups on Cancer,
the PCS Union and the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller CPG until becoming a deputy health
minister in December 2018. She was also a member of two committees, the Health,
Social Care and Sport Committee and the Children, Young People and Education
Committee, until becoming a minister.