George Hollingbery has been Member of Parliament for Meon Valley since 2010.
Here is George's brief resume:
George entered politics fairly late in life when he became involved in a campaign in 1997 to stop a major supermarket being opened in his home village. The opposition to the scheme, that feared the new store would put local traders out of business, was successful and this whetted George's appetite to try and do something to make a difference in his local community.
George was soon elected as a Winchester city councillor for Alresford and for ten years he undertook a valuable apprenticeship in local politics, while getting a firm grasp of how local government works. Eventually this led to him becoming Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council. In the midst of his council work, he unsuccessfully fought the 2005 General Election for the Winchester constituency - coming second.
But five years later, George was honoured to be elected as the Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Meon Valley with a majority of 12,125 votes. His previous local government experience allowed him to specialise in key policy areas such as planning reform as a member of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee in Parliament. He also has a particular interest in work and pensions issues and he sat on the Welfare Reform Bill Committee. In September 2012 he entered the Government in the junior post of Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Home Secretary and then later Prime Minister, Theresa May. On 21st June 2018 he was appointed as Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade.
Prior to politics, George was an entrepreneur specialising in start-up businesses. His greatest success is the Companion Care chain of veterinary surgeries that may be familiar to those who use the Pets at Home pet superstores. He sold the majority of his shareholding in 2002. George is married to Janette, who is originally from Florida, and they have three children. He is a very keen salt water fly fisherman, loves photography and collects modern crafts. He has been Chairman of the All Party Angling Group, a member of the Works of Art Committee and has had some of his photographs displayed in Parliament. George was also a member of the All Party Group for Gardening and Horticulture and his own garden has been featured on television programmes including the Flying Gardener and Gardeners’ World. He has a degree from Oxford and a Masters from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.