George Freeman highlights the huge potential of a UK life science economy at Party Conference

Britain needs to face up to the severity of the economic crisis, one that we cannot borrow our way out of, but one that we need to trade our way out of. The way to do this is by exploiting what we are best at, such as our world class life sciences and agricultural and digital technologies, to create new products and services to sell to emerging global markets. I am passionate about an entrepreneurial and innovative economy, which is why I have campaigned for improved infrastructure – faster and more reliable rail connections and better broadband availability.

It was these central messages that I took to the fringe events of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week and presented to think tanks, medical charities, health industry representatives and other politicians. Speaking at ten different events discussing topics that ranged from the role of the life science sector and the 'appliance of science' to economic growth and job creation, to analysis of the politics of sustainability during a time of austerity, to the key role of infrastructural investment as a platform for growth, the message was clear: I believe science and infrastructure hold the key to the UK's economic resurgency and I will continue to campaign for the industrial policy and investment needed to unlock their potential in Norfolk and across the country.

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For a complete list of my party conference engagements click here

Follow the links below or visit my Innovation blog to read some of my articles on:
How the life sciences can help drive a sustainable recovery,
How the UK can lead the way in a new era of progressive agriculture,
Why Britain needs an innovation economy

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.

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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.


The industrial strategy reforms I led helped to deliver Britain’s vaccine success. Now for the next phase. by George Freeman MP | ConservativeHome

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