George Freeman was first elected to Parliament in May 2010 after a 15 year career in and around the Cambridge cluster supporting high growth businesses. He was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority of 17,000.
Entrepreneur and Campaigner
George studied at the University of Cambridge before working for the National Farmers’ Union, supporting East Anglia’s world-leading agricultural sector. He started the UK's first localist think tank, the Local Identity Agency, in the nineties before moving into the private sector, financing cutting-edge biomedical research.
George is founder of the Mind the Gap and Positive Politics! campaigns. He ran for the seat of Stevenage in 2005, achieving one of the largest swings in the country, before being selected for the new seat of Mid Norfolk in 2007.
Since being elected in 2010, George has served as PPS to the Minister for Climate Change, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science & Technology in Agriculture, a UK Trade Envoy and Government Adviser on Life Sciences to the Minister of State for Universities and Science. In July 2014, he was appointed as the first ever UK Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health (DH) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in charge of the £18bn NHS drugs budget, digital health and data, the Life Sciences and Agri-Tech Industrial Strategies, genomics, industry engagement and NHS R&D. In July 2016, George was appointed Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum (CPF).
George is founder of the 2020 Group of Conservative MPs and 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.
He has written widely for the Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Spectator and Conservative Home 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.