Campaigning History

Campaign profile: George Freeman

 
Local Identity Agency (1992-1997): George set up the UK’s first localism think tank, campaigning for a renewal of civic society and also co-founded Businesswise Limited, the London-based enterprise training and curriculum development centre, and the scheme Learn to Earn.
 
Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap (2003-2005): George founded the non-partisan group 'Mind the Gap!' to explore the causes of people's disillusionment with mainstream politics.

Renewing Conservative Campaigning

 

Positive Politics

Positive Politics! (2005 General Election): Having founded "Positive Politics!" in 2004 George stood on that ticket in Stevenage in 2005 and nearly delivered the shock result of the night with a massive swing to nearyly unseat the Labour incumbent Barbara Follett.  At that year's Conference George was invited by the Party's Candidates Department to present his proposals for reforming the way Candidates campaign - here's'his film and speech...
 
 
 
 
The Norfolk Way
 
The Norfolk Way (2007-present): George founded The Norfolk Way in 2007 as an independent campaign organisation to act as a catalyst for positive, sustainable and entrepreneurial change in rural Norfolk.
 
It starts here

It Starts Here (2010 General Election): George ran for the seat of Mid Norfolk with the campaign ‘It Starts Here’, combining a fresh and positive approach to politics based on grassroots action.

It Started Here

It Started Here (2015 and 2017 General Elections): Following five years as MP for Mid Norfolk, George launched the campaign ‘It Started Here’ in 2015 and again in 2017, campaigning on planning, housing and infrastructure, supporting our NHS, care and mental health services, and better schools and skills training for all.
 
Political Renewal (2017): Following the General Election result, George launched a new campaign called The Capital Ideas Foundation, a not-for-profit pro-enterprise movement, and the first-ever Conservative Ideas Festival to champion Political Renewal on the centre-right.
 

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Publications

25th August 2017 We Tories must shake off this hostility to business and embrace entrepreneurial capitalism by George Freeman | The Telegraph


18th August 2017 Introducing the Big Tent Ideas Fest by George Freeman | Reaction


6th July 2017 Enterprise in the public sector is the way to end austerity. by George Freeman | The Times


12th June 2017 Where is the mandate now? In Parliament. And why we need a Government that shows it’s listening... by George Freeman | The Telegraph


29th September 2016 Theresa May's big thinker - an interview with George Freeman. by George Eaton | New Statesman


5th July 2016 It’s all about economic confidence and leadership now, so I'm backing Theresa May to be Prime Minister. by George Freeman | The Telegraph


22nd June 2016 Jo Cox was the flag carrier of a new generation of MPs. by George Freeman | The Times