George was elected to Parliament in May 2010 after a 15 year career as an entrepreneur in the bio-medical and bio-science sector in Cambridge and the Eastern region. He was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority of 17,000.
In 2016, he was appointed Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum at Number 10 and the Cabinet Office to support the new Prime Minister’s work on new policies for science and innovation, infrastructure, localism, enlightened public services and a more inclusive society and economy.
In 2011 he was appointed as Government Adviser on Life Sciences to oversee the development of the Life Sciences and Agri-Tech Industrial Strategies, before being appointed in 2014 as the first ever Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), in charge of an £18bn portfolio covering health innovation and technology, including the NHS drugs budget, digital health and data, genomics and the Eastern region’s world-leading cluster of life science research and innovation.
As a former entrepreneur, George is passionate about supporting the Norfolk Innovation Economy, with his Norfolk Way Project, the Norfolk Innovation Awards, Small Business Manifesto and Rural Enterprise Bursaries, alongside leading major campaigns over the last six years to dual the A11 and A47, upgrade the Norwich-Cambridge ‘Innovation Corridor’ and secure further investment in high-speed broadband through founding the Digital Divide Alliance of entrepreneurs and businesses.
In Parliament, George co-founded the 2020 Conservatives in 2011 and currently serves as Chair of the 2020 Steering Group and sits on the advisory board of the think tank Bright Blue. Before entering Government, he served as an active member of the Fresh Start Group of Conservative MPs, leading the Fresh Start enquiry into ‘The impact of the EU in holding back the UK Life Science Sector’ and co-chairing the Fresh Start European Reform Conference, as well as leading the independent campaigns Positive Politics!, It Starts Here! and Movember in Parliament.