George Hollingbery was appointed as Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade on 21 June 2018. Previously he served as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary from July 2016 to June 2018. He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from May 2015 until July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Meon Valley in May 2010.
George was educated at Radley College, going onto to read human science from Lady Margaret’s Hall, Oxford. He gained an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
George served on the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art and Local Government Committee.
Career before politics
George spent his career investing and starting up businesses. In 2005 he started a property investment business.
George is married and has 3 children.
Minister of State for Trade Policy
The Minister of State for Trade Policy has responsibility for the Trade Policy Group, which leads for the department on developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade policy.
DIT is focused on delivering the best international trading framework to support UK prosperity and open trade. This includes:
- trading agreements and arrangements with other countries
- UK engagement with the World Trade Organisation
- ongoing EU trade business while the UK remains a member of the EU
- trade remedies
Additionally, the minister leads on areas including:
- deputy to the Secretary of State
- bill minister
- secondary legislation
- economic diplomacy, Prosperity Fund, economic horizons markets and Official Development Assistance (ODA)
Previous roles in government
- 2015 to 2016
- US and UK ‘reaffirm shared ambition to boost trade relationship’
- Call for Scottish people to have their say in trade consultations
- PM announces more than £300 million worth of deals with African nations
- Minister Hollingbery's speech in Nigeria: 29 August 2018
- PM announces ambition for UK to be largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022
- Joint statement on UK, SACU and Mozambique EPA
- UK-Southern African trade: boosting UK and African economies
- International trade minister visits Panama, Costa Rica and the USA
- Liam Fox delivers Parliament and the public a central role in post-Brexit UK trade agreements
- Minister Hollingbery supports EU-Japan EPA as foundation for UK deal