Geoffrey lives in West Devon, near Tavistock, with his family. Geoffrey was born and brought up in the West Country, is the son of a soldier (his father was schooled in Tavistock) and his family have been Devonians for generations. He is the President of the Tavistock Town Football Club, Vice President of the North Devon Hospice and a founding Trustee of a local mental health charity.
When he was first elected in 2005, Geoffrey identified the following local priorities in his work as MP:
He has gained a reputation as an effective constituency MP. He has fought hard for his local rural communities, leading the campaigns against Post Office closures under Labour and successfully campaigning for better education funding for Torridge and West Devon's schools in the last Parliament. He will continue to fight for better recognition of Torridge and West Devon's rural communities in Government.
He is known as a powerful speaker, particularly on rural issues.