Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk
George Freeman was elected to Parliament in May 2010 after a 15 year career in and around the Cambridge cluster supporting high growth businesses.
George won the 2010 election for the new constituency of Mid Norfolk, with a majority of 14,000, after an innovative campaign (It Starts Here!) focussed on the need for a fresh start in politics. Founder of the Mind The Gap! and Positive Politics campaigns, and a passionate advocate of the role of enterprise in a renaissance of civic responsibility, he narrowly missed capturing Stevenage for the Conservatives in 2005 with one of the biggest swings of the 2005 election.
In the 2015 elections, George retained his seat with an increased majority of 17 276 and 52% of the vote.
In 2017 he retained his seat with 59% of the vote.
George has written and spoken widely on the potential of Britain's science and innovation economy to support a sustainable economic recovery and unlock huge trade and inward investment opportunities in fast emerging global markets. In Parliament, he has led the Movember campaign and helped lead the Fresh Start EU Reform Group of Conservative MPs, as well as championing a revolution of patient empowerment.
Following the 2010 election he was appointed PPS to the Minister for Climate Change, Greg Barker MP, and elected Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science & Technology in Agriculture. In 2011 he was appointed Government Adviser on Life Sciences to the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP. In this role he was closely involved in the development and implementation of the Government's Life Science Strategy announced by the PM in December 2011. In 2014, George was appointed the first UK Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and was reappointed to the role following the 2015 general election.
Founder of The Norfolk Way project to promote and pioneer a new model of a decentralised rural innovation economy, he works closely with local schools and businesses in setting up The Norfolk Way Bursary and Work Club and The Norfolk Way Innovation Awards, and promoting a renaissance of rural entrepreneurship. Since being elected in 2010, George has secured major investment for Mid Norfolk:
- Dualling the A11: Making sure that Mid Norfolk gets the transport infrastructure it needs by dualling from Fiveways to Thetford and connecting Mid Norfolk and Norwich to the motorway and dual carriageway network
- Securing funding for the A47: leading the successful campaign for the dualling of the Dereham to Norwich section and welcoming the Prime Minister to Mid Norfolk to announce the £300 million investment
- Better Broadband: crucial funding has meant that by the end of 2015 more than 80% of Norfolk's premises are expected to be able to access superfast broadband and a further commitment of £24.2m from central government will help meet the target of making high-speed broadband available to 95% of homes and businesses by the end of 2017
- Local jobs and falling unemployment: promoting the Norwich Research Park and the Mid-Norfolk cluster of excellence in medical, agricultural and clean tech sectors and the many small businesses in Norfolk, establishing the Norwich-Cambridge research collaboration and encouraging opportunity, jobs and investment in Mid-Norfolk
- Housing: Mid Norfolk is benefitting from the recovery of the housing market, this Government's reform to stamp duty, and the schemes introduced to provide support for first time owners
- Freezing Council tax: supporting councillors in keeping Council tax low whilst continuing the active investment in our local communities and continuing vital efficiency reforms to local services
Born and brought up in East Anglia, in his spare time George enjoys cycling and sailing on the Norfolk coast, and discovering the hidden backways of Mid Norfolk, as well as walking, rowing and wildfowling. He is diorcev and has two teenage children.