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Russell George AM

Russell George AM

Party: Welsh Conservative Party

Constituency: Montgomeryshire

Contact information

Office Address: 
13 Parker's Lane
Newtown
SY16 2LT

Assembly Address: 
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Phone:  0300 200 7206

Email:  Russell.George@assembly.wales

Website (non-Assembly) :  www.RussellGeorge.com

Twitter :  www.twitter.com/Russ_george

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Membership

Terms of Office

  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

Additional Information

Key interests and achievements

Russell’s current priorities are to retain and improve local public services for the people of Montgomeryshire. Russell also feels passionate about encouraging younger people to get involved in public life and is keen to support and encourage new business start-ups and small business growth.

Russell has been heavily involved in promoting the Newtown bypass and in campaigning for improved broadband in rural areas of Wales. He has also strongly opposed the development of on-shore wind turbines across mid Wales.

His personal interests include keeping healthy. He is the President of the Montgomeryshire Area Scout Council and the Deputy President of the Montgomeryshire MND Association. He is also a member of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, and is a member of Hope Church in Newtown; as such he has been involved in many projects that support the community.

 

Personal history

Russell was born in Welshpool in 1974 and was brought up and attended school in Montgomeryshire. He has a degree in Information and Media Studies from the University of Central England.

 

Professional background

Before being elected to the Assembly, Russell was a town councillor, school governor, was on the Board of Coleg Powys, and was a member of the Theatr Hafren Management Committee.

 

Political history

Russell George is the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire and has represented the constituency since 2011. Russell is the Shadow Minister for the Economy and Transport, and his role as spokesperson for the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group also includes responsibility for Culture, Tourism and Sport.

Russell was elected to Powys County Council in 2008 and was a member of the Council’s executive management board between 2008 and 2011. On his election to the National Assembly for Wales in 2011, he was appointed Shadow Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development before becoming Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs between 2014 and 2016. In May 2016, Russell was returned to the Assembly with an increased majority.

Between 2013 and 2016, Russell set up and chaired the Cross-Party Group on Digital Communications which campaigned for improvements in the availability of superfast broadband and mobile coverage in Wales and, during the Fourth Assembly, he was an active member of the Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, and the Petitions Committee.

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