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GEORGE FREEMAN STATEMENT

The brutal and cowardly attack in Manchester last night - targeting children and young people - has horrified us all and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families at this time.

Like everyone, I would like to pay tribute to the brave work of our emergency services.  And the security services and our armed forces who do so much behind the scenes day in, day out, to keep us safe in a dangerous world.  

As the Prime Minister has rightly said, we will not let this deter us in any way from our way of life or our values.  Terrorists and the deranged people they use carry out this sort of attack must know that they will not hold us to ransom.  They will lose.   

Indeed it is a moment to pull together and resolve to redouble our commitment to defend the liberties and values of our way of life.  

This was a particularly horrifying, barbaric and cruel attack on the most innocent in our society enjoying a night of music and dance.  The youngest victim was just eight years old.  It was, fundamentally, an attack on our way of life. An attack designed to spread fear and incite hatred.  The only appropriate response is to redouble our commitment to our values and traditions of freedom, tolerance and respect for different cultures and religions and our ability to live together.  And as the Prime Minister made clear, use all the offices of state to bring those responsible to justice. 

Following as it does the recent Westminster attack and the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox last year, this latest attack is yet another savage reminder of the importance of the rule of law and of the values and freedoms which underpin our democracy.  Against those who would divide us, it is the duty of us all now to unite and show, as Jo Cox died insisting, that we are stronger together.  Let us stand together in memory, defiance and resolve. 

General Election 2017

In the run-up to the 8th June General Election, I will be out and about across Mid Norfolk - meeting and listening to voters to hear your views on the big issues we face.

This is my 3rd election here in Norfolk - and comes only two years after voters here gave me a huge mandate and majority to pursue the causes and campaigns I have committed to locally: on rail, road and digital infrastructure, skills and dementia and social care.

This election campaign is principally about whether you agree that Theresa May deserves the mandate to negotiate a Brexit deal that works for us ALL - the 48% as well as the 52% - and take on the shrill divisive voices of the SNP, Corbyn's Labour Party, UKIP and the Referendum-denying Liberal Democrats who see Brexit as a moment to ignore the will of the British people.

It is an election about giving Theresa May the mandate to form a strong and stable, decent, compassionate, reforming, One Nation Conservative Government.

A Government which works for us ALL: and in particular for those who have felt left behind.

So in my election campaign here in Norfolk I will be knocking on doors, yes, but also going beyond the traditional election trail - going the extra mile to visit those people, communities, charities, and public sector workers on the front line of our society and economy: hearing from the care home workers, police, homeless charities, mental health charities, dementia carers and nurses - the heroes of modern Britain delivering the social justice at the heart of Theresa May's inspiring mission to promote Compassionate One Nation Conservatism in her speech on entering No 10.

I will be posting regular video blogs and posts on my Facebook page and on my Twitter, Instagram and Periscope pages:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeFreemanMidNorfolk
Twitter - www.twitter.com/Freeman_George
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/georgewfreeman
Periscope - https://www.pscp.tv/Freeman_George
Website - www.georgefreeman.co.uk

Please follow me on my campaign off the beaten track - off the traditional campaign trail - "going the extra mile" to hear from the people on the frontline of our constituency, county, and country.

George

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About George

George was elected to Parliament in May 2010 after a 15 year career in and around the Cambridge cluster supporting high growth businesses.
 
George won the 2010 election for the new constituency of Mid Norfolk, with a majority of 14,000, after an innovative campaign (It Starts Here!) focussed on the need for a fresh start in politics. Founder of the Mind The Gap! and Positive Politics campaigns, and a passionate advocate of the role of enterprise in a renaissance of civic responsibility, he narrowly missed capturing Stevenage for the Conservatives in 2005 with one of the biggest swings of the 2005 election.
 
 
In the 2015 elections, George retained his seat with an increased majority of 17 276 and 52% of the vote.
 
George has written and spoken widely on the potential of Britain's science and innovation economy to support a sustainable economic recovery and unlock huge trade and inward investment opportunities in fast emerging global markets. In Parliament, he has led the Movember campaign and helped lead the Fresh Start EU Reform Group of Conservative MPs, as well as championing a revolution of patient empowerment.
 
Following the 2010 election he was appointed PPS to the Minister for Climate Change, Greg Barker MP, and elected Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science & Technology in Agriculture. In 2011 he was appointed Government Adviser on Life Sciences to the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP. In this role he was closely involved in the development and implementation of the Government's Life Science Strategy announced by the PM in December 2011. In 2014, George was appointed the first UK Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and was reappointed to the role following the 2015 general election.

In the 2015 elections, George retained his seat with an increased majority of 17 276 and 52% of the vote.
 
George has written and spoken widely on the potential of Britain's science and innovation economy to support a sustainable economic recovery and unlock huge trade and inward investment opportunities in fast emerging global markets. In Parliament, he has led the Movember campaign and helped lead the Fresh Start EU Reform Group of Conservative MPs, as well as championing a revolution of patient empowerment.
 
Following the 2010 election he was appointed PPS to the Minister for Climate Change, Greg Barker MP, and elected Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science & Technology in Agriculture. In 2011 he was appointed Government Adviser on Life Sciences to the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Rt Hon David Willetts MP. In this role he was closely involved in the development and implementation of the Government's Life Science Strategy announced by the PM in December 2011. In 2014, George was appointed the first UK Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and was reappointed to the role following the 2015 general election.

Some of George's Campaigns:

Local Identity Agency (1992-1997): George set up the UK’s first localism think tank, campaigning for a renewal of civic society.

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.

Positive Politics

Positive Politics! (2005 General Election): in the 2005 General Election, George launched his ‘Positive Politics!’ campaign in Stevenage, a movement to promote a new approach to party politics. He nearly unseated the incumbent Barbara Follett MP with one of the biggest swings in the country. His film Positive Politics: Campaigning in an age of Cynicism was shown at the Conservative Party Conference in 2005.

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.

General Election 2017

DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT

I’m not currently an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election on 8th June 2017.

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Publications


George Freeman: 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: 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


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