George Freeman MP


National Renewal through Innovation

George Freeman

Former Minister of State at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

The pace of scientific discovery and technology is driving the new dawn of a new era in global development.

The urgency of post-pandemic economic recovery and the growing geopolitical importance of strategic UK science, research, technology and innovation leadership in an increasingly competitive global landscape framed the two key missions I set as when I was Minister for Science, Research and Innovation:

  1. To make the UK a global Science Superpower
  2. To make the UK an Innovation Nation

The prize is huge, but it will require all who share the same commitment to science for global good to stand for it.


About George

George was elected to Parliament in 2010 after a 15-year career founding, financing and managing high growth technology start/ups in the biotech, agritech & cleantech sectors. 

He has served in five science, tech and innovation-focussed Ministerial roles across multiple Government departments since 2010: 

  • 2021-23 Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation in BEIS (as Parliamentary Under Secretary and then as Minister of State), responsible for UK technology strategy, Space, Fusion, launching ARIA and leading the PM's Task Force on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform (TIGGR)
  • 2019-20 Minister of State for the Future of Transport
  • 2014-16 The UK’s first Minister for Life Science in the Coalition, where he led the UK Life Science & Agritech Industrial Strategies & launched the £100k Genomics & Catalyst Funding program
  • 2012 Prime Minister’s UK Trade Envoy
  • 2011 Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board

Over his 12 years as an MP, George has been a champion of the Conservative revival in a number of roles:

  • Founder of the One Nation Conservative Caucus
  • Founder of the Big Tent Ideas Festival 
  • Founder of the 2020 Conservatives Group
  • Author of Britain Beyond Brexit 
  • Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum
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