George Osborne was elected in June 2001. He replaced Martin Bell and became the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons. He was elected for a second term in May 2005.
At the May 2010 General Election, George was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer by the new Prime Minister, David Cameron. In May 2015 he was re-elected with an increased majority of 18,241 and was appointed First Secretary of State, a position he retained until he left Cabinet in July 2016. During his time as Chancellor the fortunes of the British economy dramatically improved, and George left office with the strongest growth record in the G7, the deficit greatly reduced, corporate tax rates at a record low and the employment rate at an all-time high. He also oversaw major reforms including: the regeneration of the north of England through the 'Northern Powerhouse'; forging a new 'golden era' of relations with China; and an overhaul of the UK pension and welfare systems.
In August 2016, George was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen.
Since being elected George has campaigned successfully to save maternity, children's and A&E services at Macclesfield Hospital; helped to save the direct train services between London and Wilmslow; campaigned to get the A34 bypass built; and helped to save the local Taxi rider service.He secured a compensation package for several hundred homeowners in the Knutsford and Mobberley areas affected by the building of the airport's second runway a decade ago.
George is also the Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation he established with business and civic leaders to promote economic development in the North of England. He is the inaugural Kissinger Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. He is an adviser to BlackRock Investment Institute.
George is married to the writer Frances Osborne. They have two teenage children.