George Eustice

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George Eustice
MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 October 2013
Preceded by Richard Benyon
Member of Parliament
for Camborne and Redruth
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency created
Majority 66 (0.2%)
Personal details
Born (1971-09-28) 28 September 1971 (age 42)
Penzance, Cornwall, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Conservatives
Spouse(s) Katy Eustice[2]
Website Official Website

Charles George Eustice (b. 28 September 1971, Cornwall[3]), known as George Eustice, is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Camborne and Redruth, winning by 66 votes.

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Julia Goldsworthy, had been the MP for the Falmouth and Camborne Constituency, covering some of the territory of the new constituency.[4]

In October 2013, as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's Government reshuffle, Eustice was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Eustice is the son of Paul and Adele Eustice.[7]

Eustice went to Truro Cathedral School[8] and Truro School, followed by Cornwall College at Pool. He was a member of Cornwall Athletic Club based at Carn Brea and ran for the county cross-country team for many years and still runs regularly to keep fit.[9]

Before entering politics, he worked for nine years in the family business, Trevaskis Fruit Farm near Connor Downs.[7]

Political career[edit]

Eustice stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the UK Independence Party in the South West of England during the 1999 European Elections. He then went on to work as Campaign Director for the anti-euro 'No Campaign'. Whilst the project had strong links to Conservative Central Office, it aimed to be de-politicised in order to appeal to a broad spectrum of the population, inviting Labour MP's who spoke out against the euro, such as Kate Hoey to join the campaign.[10] Eustice then became Head of Press under Conservative Party leader Michael Howard during the 2005 General Election. He was later Press Secretary for current leader David Cameron from June 2005 until the end of 2008,[11] being part of his campaign team during the leadership contest. He was succeeded by Andy Coulson.

On leaving Cameron's office, George Eustice worked for the public relations agency Portland Communications.[12] In September 2009, PR Week magazine published a "Soapbox" article by Eustice on the future of public relations. At that time he was still Associate Director of Portland.[13] He is no longer listed as a member of that company's staff.[14]

George Eustice made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 24 June 2010.[15] He played a "key role" in the Conservative Party's opposition to the Alternative Voting system referendum in 2011.[16]

In September 2011, he argued that Cornwall's heritage should be administered by a Cornish organisation rather than English Heritage.[17]

He is a member of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[18]

On 7 October 2013, as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's Government reshuffle, Eustice was appointed Fisheries Minister. He said he wanted to "loosen the EU stranglehold on the British fishing industry."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who's Who". Ukwhoswho.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ Truro School Reunited: Eustice, Mr Charles George, www.webalumnus.com (registration required). Retrieved on 16 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Election 2010: Camborne and Redruth". BBC Election 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs)
  6. ^ PUBLISHED BY BBC News. "Michael Moore axed as Scottish secretary in coalition reshuffle". BBC NEWS. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  7. ^ a b "Trevaskis Fruit Farm official website". Trevaskisfarm.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  8. ^ George Eustice, Who killed Truro Cathedral School? dated 28 March 2011, accessed 8 April 2012
  9. ^ "George Eustice Profile". Camborne and Redruth Conservative Website. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Euro 'No Campaign'". BBC News Online. 31 May 2002. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  11. ^ PR Week article on 2 December 2008 "Conservative Party plans to axe external relations team"
  12. ^ "Tory former press secretary George Eustice joins Portland", by James Robinson - guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 March 2009 online
  13. ^ PR Week article by Eustice 25 September 2009[dead link]
  14. ^ WRITTEN BY Mark Flanagan. "Portland Communications staff list". Portland-communications.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  15. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2010-06-24). "Hansard HC Deb, 24 June 2010, c498". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  16. ^ "Tories pick anti-euro campaigners to lead 'no to AV' referendum drive: Lord Leach of Fairford and George Eustice of Business for Sterling to play key roles while Conservative leadership takes backseat" by Nicholas Watt, The Guardian", 5 July 2010.
  17. ^ "Heritage is not English; it's ours - 29 September 2011". This is Cornwall. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  18. ^ "UK Parliament website: Membership of EFRA". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  19. ^ PUBLISHED BY BBC News. "Michael Moore axed as Scottish secretary in coalition reshuffle". BBC NEWS. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Camborne and Redruth Incumbent