George was elected MP for Mid Norfolk (Cons majority 14,000) in May 2010, after a 15 year career in technology venture capital.
He was elected and served for a brief spell on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee before his appointment as PPS to Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change. In March 2011 he was also appointed Parliamentary Adviser on Life Sciences to David Willets MP, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
In 2005 he fought the no-hope seat of Stevenage for the Conservatives in 2005 on a “Positive Politics” ticket, doubling the national swing and slashing the Labour majority from 8500 to 2900.
George, 43, is married to Eleanor and lives in Norfolk with their two children. Recreations: Sailing, Cycling.
George has worked closely with the Chancellor’s team in Opposition on the Richards and Dyson Reports into the innovation economy, and in Government supporting the Growth Review and 2011 Budget for Growth.
George’s business career included 4 years as Director of Early Stage Ventures at Merlin Biosciences, 4 years managing two tech start-ups, and the last 7 years founding and managing a Cambridge based life science corporate finance business. He is an adviser to the Norwich Research Park and a non-executive Director of Elsoms Seeds.
An early localist, George founded and ran the Local Identity Agency Campaigning Think Tank in the 90s, developing groundbreaking localist projects with councils around the UK. A ‘compassionate Conservative’, he was a founding Trustee of ‘Businesswise: Learn to Earn’, running enterprise training for teenagers who had dropped out of school. He is a former Governor of a Notting Hill Primary School, Trustee of the Cambridge Union Society and served on the Board of the Greater Cambridge Partnership.
CAMPAIGNING IN MID NORFOLK
George’s core campaign in Mid Norfolk is about promoting “a new model of decentralised local development which supports a vibrant local economy with jobs and housing for local people, protecting our heritage and making our communities sustainable.” He has founded ‘The Norfolk Way’ foundation to develop this vision, and launched an Enterprise Forum and School Leavers Bursary with local business and community leaders. He has cycled his 130 mile boundary, and has launched “Politics in the Pub” and “Supermarket Surgeries” to promote political engagement.