In the Media

Progress for Oxford-Cambridge Arc as government announces preferred East West Rail central section

Announcing the preferred route, route E, for the Bedford to Cambridge section of the East West Rail line.
30 January 2020

Funding for on-street chargepoints doubled to help charge up electric vehicle revolution

Residential street chargepoint funding doubled and plans increasing access to real-time information released.
21 January 2020

Electric taxis to go wireless thanks to new charging tech trial

Wireless charging for electric taxis to start in Nottingham.
17 January 2020

First of a Kind 2020 launches to find this century’s Brunel

Department for Transport and Innovate UK launch competition to drive innovation on the railways.
13 January 2020

Orange peel, rubbish and fatbergs: the fuels behind the future of green transport

New funding to boost the advanced fuels industry.
30 December 2019

New ‘league table’ reveals electric car charging availability across UK as Transport Secretary calls on local authorities to do more

Local authorities urged to take advantage of electric car funding as 'league table' of charging infrastructure released.
2 November 2019

Government provides more funds for local authority air quality action

Local authorities are encouraged to bid for a portion of at least £2 million of government support.
4 October 2019

Government investing almost £1 million in transport tech start-ups

Tech-focused transport start-ups can bid for a share of almost £1 million in funding.
24 September 2019

New system to ensure safety of self-driving vehicles ahead of their sale

Pioneering new safety regime for self-driving vehicles
4 September 2019

Artificial Intelligence to end future holiday jams caused by roadworks

Navigational apps powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will help drivers to plan trips.
26 August 2019

4th April 2019 Why UK entrepreneurs and farmers deserve better than the disaster of no deal by George Freeman and Helen Goodman | Reaction.Life

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

19th December 2017 The need for a new foreign policy based on aid, trade and security | Bright Blue

25th November 2017 Tories in danger of becoming an outdated party talking to itself, says George Freeman | The Times

20th November 2017 George Freeman: We need a new Chairman and team at CCHQ to lead a radical programme of Conservative renewal | ConservativeHome

5th November 2017 Let's make science funding part of the aid budget – and help British tech save the world by George Freeman | The Telegraph

4th October 2017 Conservatives need to give people a vision they can believe in by George Freeman | The Times

1st October 2017 How do we Tories turn this around? Five ideas for conference by George Freeman | The Telegraph

19th September 2017 The MP Behind "Tory Glastonbury" Has Big Ambitions To Revive The Conservatives And Beat Jeremy Corbyn by George Freeman | Buzzfeed News

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

The Times

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

Times Higher Education

7th March 2016 Ban academics talking to ministers? We should train them to do it. by Ben Goldacre | Times Higher Education

The House interview: George Freeman MP

11 March 2016 George is interviewed by Liz Bates of The House magazine. | Read more

What would In and Out really mean? Why the terms of Brexit or EURemain are all important

19th February 2016 In the age of the 24/7 news cycle, nuance is difficult. Whether in the US presidential election or the EU Referendum, everything gets boiled down to the false negatives of overstated extremes, and the binary choice: Trump versus Sanders, populism versus experience, In versus Out? | CAPX

Amol Rajan: You might not want to hear it but MPs still do unsung good work

28th January 2016 Reflecting on the life of Gandhi, George Orwell opened a celebrated essay with the words: “Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proven innocent.” | Evening Standard

George Freeman MP: New technology can save the NHS

21st September 2015 There is a truth in our society that we can no longer ignore. With a rapidly ageing population, the UK faces a new demographic reality. | ConservativeHome

George Freeman MP: How technology will transform care and debate about our NHS

18th January 2015 The technological revolutions which have transformed so much of our economy and society are about to transform healthcare. | ConservativeHome

The Progressive Conscience

Why I'm a Bright Blue MP

12th December 2014 The Times recently held a debate pitting Tim Montgomerie against Matthew Parris, trad versus mod, the Conservative party a house divided against itself. | BrightBlue

The House Magazine

Freeman fighter

12th June 2014 After battling to put life sciences at the heart of the Government’s economic plan, George Freeman is ready for a new challenge. He speaks to The House about trade, pavement politics – and taking on UKIP in its eastern stronghold | PoliticsHome

George Freeman MP & Jennifer Arcuri: The call for digital skills – Tech Vs Brains

11th June 2014 The technological revolution we are living through in the twenty-first century is every bit as profound as the industrial and agricultural revolutions of the 18th and 19th. | ConservativeHome

Forget Pfizer pitch, UK must unleash power of its public health service

29th May 2014 Following AstraZeneca's most recent rejection of Pfizer's bid, many may ask if this is a lost opportunity for British innovation, or the salvation of it? | CNN

Who owns Astra is not important

11th May 2014 Amid all the politics, we need to remember a few truths about Pfizer’s proposed takeover of Astra Zeneca, because it embodies the revolution transforming the pharmaceutical industry. | Sunday Times (£)

How to build an innovation economy

1st May 2014 The UK finds itself at a crossroads. | NewStatesman

The Innovation Chancellor – and Britain’s knowledge economy future

29th April 2014 Last Friday in Cambridge, the Chancellor delivered a seminal speech setting out his commitment to science, technology and innovation as central to the Government’s long term economic plan. | ConservativeHome

Budget 2014: a torpedo Budget which will split the Shadow Cabinet

24th March 2014 Last week’s budget has transformed the political landscape. | The Spectator

The Early Access to Innovative Medicines scheme will make us healthier for longer

14th March 2014 Imagine this: you take a routine trip to the doctors. Except it doesn’t turn out to be routine at all. | The Spectator

The medical data revolution is good for your health

17th February 2014 No change is ever easy. The front-page headline in The Daily Telegraph yesterday – “NHS admits new medical records database could pose privacy risk” – exemplifies broader worries over the latest developments in health care, which is undergoing a quiet revolution being driven by use of data. | Telegraph

The Government launches the Growth Voucher

27th January 2014 Today, the Government launches the Growth Voucher, a free-market Conservative response to Labour’s failed approach to small business. | ConservativeHome

There are no shortcuts to reforming the EU

15th January 2014 What does a Tory eurosceptic look like? | The Spectator    

EU rules are stifling a golden age of biotechnology

10th January 2014 As the world’s population climbs towards nine billion we face a perfect storm of geopolitical pressure for the basics of life. | The Times (£)

How social conservatives and liberals can build a progressive alliance

22nd December 2013 Is the future of the Conservative party one of a house divided against itself, as Tim Montgomerie eloquently suggested recently? | ConservativeHome


It’s time to break the Whitehall silo and put startup discipline into government

4th December 2013 The curse of Norman Lamont makes politicians wary of mentioning the “green shoots” of recovery. | CityAM


Share NHS data for the common good

27th November 2013 George Freeman MP has introduced a ten minute rule motion looking at electronic patient records and patient data opt-ins | PoliticsHome


Integrating aid and trade

November 2013 The financial press are often fickle in their enthusiasm, no more so than over the case of emerging markets | Delivering the UK export ambition, November 2013

The Spectator

Why EU red tape risks our economic recovery

16th October 2013 You know you've been in politics too long when you're onto your tenth 'Red Tape Challenge'. I remember Neil Hamilton as Deregulation Minister in the Major Government in '92 promising to slash the jungle of red tape. Every time I cheered. Every time the flood of Regulations and Directives kept pouring out of the Whitehall and Brussels machine. | Spectator


George Freeman MP: A new deal for start-ups

30th September 2013 George Freeman will speak at the EntrepreneurCountry conference in London. He is calling for a new deal for start-ups removing tax and regulation for the first 2 years or until turnover hits £250k. | PoliticsHome

Green Alliance

Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open markets

September 2013 Letting people reform their own energy market. | Green Alliance

Reform Journal

How UK life sciences can help us win in the global race

Autumn 2013 There is one fundamental question facing our generation: how do we unlock a sustainable UK economic recovery which tackles both the need for growth and public service productivity?| Reform Journal (extract)

FST Journal

feeding, fuelling and healing the world

May 2013 The developing world will in the next 50 years go through what the developed world has gone through in the 300 years since the Agricultural Revolution. | FST Journal

London Calling - How Britain must now lead the campaign for European reform

10th July 2013 Last Friday’s historic Commons vote in which the Conservative Party in Parliament voted in favour of an EU Referendum Bill edges us closer to putting into law the Prime Minister’s groundbreaking commitment to the strategy of "Renegotiation + Referendum". | ConservativeHome


George Freeman has tabled an adjournment debate on Genetic medicine and patients' rights

13th June 2013 10 years ago the UK was home to one of the great breakthroughs in the story of mankind. | Politics Home

There is a Conservative case for overseas aid. We should make it

29th May 2013 The UK is set to join a select group of countries this year by becoming the first member of the G8 group of rich nations to meet the 0.7% GDP aid goal set by the UN in the 1970s. | NewStatesman

A more businesslike government would do wonders for Britain

3rd June 2013 Six years after the collapse of Northern Rock heralded the crash of New Labour’s borrowed boom, Britain’s economy is slowly beginning to recover. Osbornomics (public spending restraint, reform of welfare and education to support work, tax breaks for business) is beginning to work. | Telegraph

UKIP come knocking: what's going on, and how to respond?

3rd May 2013 My constituency of Mid Norfolk is seriously small 'c' Conservative country. | ConservativeHome --- Why we must unleash the little guys to drive economic recovery

11th February 2013 With a predictably fragile economic recovery, Labour 5%-10% ahead in the polls and a growing public doubt about whether we can have both public sector deficit reduction AND economic growth, George Osborne’s mid term budget in 40 days is critically important. | ConservativeHome


Life’s Better

September 2012 A sustainable recovery from the crash of the credit-fuelled boom will need to be driven by real businesses making and selling products and services the world needs. | ModernGov

House Magazine

The Specialist Advisor

18th October 2012 When is a government minister not really a minister? | House Magazine

Why Britain needs an innovation economy

18th March 2012 Something is stirring in the boardrooms of British industry. You heard it at Davos. | The Observer

The Free Enterprise Group

The Innovation Economy: Industrial Policy for the 21st Century

| The Free Enterprise Group

We need new models of funding for infrastructure to unlock new sources of finance and for growth

29th November 2011 History shows that leaders often turn to national infrastructure projects at times of historic economic crisis. | ConservativeHome

Public Service Reform

The scale of the economic challenge of competitiveness we force demands radical reforms—across the board in the way Government does its business. | 2020C


An enterprise revolution

The economic crash of 2008 represents the most profound economic crisis faced by the West in 75 years. | Reform

Why infrastructure is essential to our global competitiveness as a knowledge economy

9th October 2011 Infrastructure investment is essential to a coherent plan for growth and economic recovery. | Respublica

Mutual Rail Companies: A key to unlocking a rebalanced economy

We need to get the real economy moving again. | Respublica

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


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.


Progress for Oxford-Cambridge Arc as government announces preferred East West Rail central section

Announcing the preferred route, route E, for the Bedford to Cambridge section of the East West Rail line.
30 January 2020

Funding for on-street chargepoints doubled to help charge up electric vehicle revolution

Residential street chargepoint funding doubled and plans increasing access to real-time information released.
21 January 2020

Electric taxis to go wireless thanks to new charging tech trial

Wireless charging for electric taxis to start in Nottingham.
17 January 2020

First of a Kind 2020 launches to find this century’s Brunel

Department for Transport and Innovate UK launch competition to drive innovation on the railways.
13 January 2020