About George

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George Freeman MP 
Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk
Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum

George Freeman was first elected to Parliament in May 2010 after a 15year career in the Cambridge cluster starting and financing high growth technology businesses. 

When elected in 2010 for the new constituency of Mid Norfolk he took the majority from 8000 to 14,000 and increased it again to 17,000 and 62% of the vote in the2017 General Election. 

A long time campaigner for political reform (he founded Mind The Gap in 2003, the PositivePolitics! campaign in 2005, and after the fiasco of the 2017 General Election campaign resigned from his role as Chairman of the Prime Minister's Policy Board in No 10 to campaign for Conservative Renewal.  

Career in Parliament

2010  

-    Elected member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee

-    PPS to the Minister for Energy, 

2011 

-    Appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Government Advisor on Life Sciences

-    Led the UK Life Science and Agritech Industrial Strategy 

-    Appointed UK Trade Envoy

2014-16 

-    Appointed Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 

-    Oversaw the launch of the NHS Genomics Programme, and the UK Life Science Industrial Strategy for NHS Innovation. 

2016 

-    In the Brexit reshuffle Theresa May moved him to No 10 as Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board

2017 

-    After leading the criticisms of the 2017 Manifesto and election campaign, he resigned from No10 to focus on his campaig for Conservative and National #Renewal. 

-     His is Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) 

 

Big Tent Ideas Festival 

-    In 2017 he launched the Big Tent Ideas Festival, which this year saw a dazzling array of speakers from all parties join c2000 people for a series of talks in 8 Tents

-    The Festival has won support from President Macron, Stephen Fry, Rabbi Sachs and Ruth Davison, and MPs from all parties. 

 

Family

George is the great great great nephew of William Gladstone, the Liberal Prime Minister. 

His Great Aunt was Mabel Philipson was the first British Conservative woman MPelected to Parliament shortly after the American Nancy Astor. 

George’s father, Arthur Freeman, was jockey to HM The Queen Mother, and won the Grand National in 1958. 

He is divorced with two teenage children. 

 

Campaigning history

A long tike political campaigner for reform, George founded and led:

-    The Local Identity Agency (1992)

-    Mind The Gap (2003)

-    Positive Politics (2005) 

-    before nearly overturning Labour MP Barbara Follett in the then Labour stronghold of Stevenage. 

Big Tent Ideas Festival

Politics is undergoing a tectonic shift. That’s why I launched the Big Tent Ideas Festival, aiming to tackle the most difficult policy challenges we face. The Festival has now run for two years. This year we hosted our first-ever Leaders’ Summit and brought nearly 2,000 people together for the main Festival across fifty events and eight different tents, discussing ideas to reform our politics, our economy and our society.

The Big Tent Ideas Festival is part of the Capital Ideas Foundation, founded by a group of entrepreneurs to campaign for renewal in the radical centre-ground. Over the next year, we will be setting off round the country as the forum for the best new ideas in public policy. Click below and join us.

Read more:

Big Tent Ideas website

THE CASE FOR EFTA

We are in the middle of a Brexit civil war. What is clear is that the existing options will not unite our country.

Chequers has been dismissed by Brussels and is roundly rejected by the ERG. The Canada option was also not designed for the circumstances we currently face. We are a European nation already heavily reliant on the single market - wanting ideally to retain access to the single market without being in the 'political' union.

That’s why I believe ongoing membership of the European Free Trade Association is now the obvious route. It would give us off-the-shelf access to the single market, allow us to take back control of our fishing and farming industries, control free movement and let us negotiate our own trade deals.

Unless we stand up and fight for a sensible moderate Brexit, we risk enduring a #HardBrexit. There is an alternative that we can embrace now. It is time to embrace EFTA.

Publications

2nd November 2018 George Freeman: There was much to cheer in the Budget. But now we need an inspiring programme for growth | ConservativeHome


8th September 2018 Without a positive vision for British renewal, Brexit will fail | Daily Telegraph


7th September 2018 People are sick of partisan political civil wars | The Times


19th August 2018 George Freeman: It’s time to choose between a Conservative Brexit or a UKIP one | ConservativeHome


4th July 2018 The 5-year Land Supply is beginning to undermine public trust | PoliticsHome


9th May 2018 We urgently need to turn the NHS from being a barrier to technology to being a champion | The House Magazine


13th June 2018 The time to reform Britain and tackle the generational divide is now, not after Brexit | Daily Telegraph


9th May 2018 We deserve more choice than the hard left of Corbyn or hard right of Farage | The Times


8th May 2018 How to fix the burning injustice that is Britain's housing market | CAPX


18th March 2018 Conservatives need to be as economically bold as Margaret ... | FT


11th January 2018 Brexit is an electrifying moment for renewing the NHS | Politico