George Hollingbery

Sir George Michael Edward Hollingbery KCMG (born 12 October 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Meon Valley from 2010 to 2019.

Sir George Hollingbery

Hollingbery in 2017
British Ambassador to Cuba
Assuming office
SucceedingAntony Stokes
Minister of State for Trade Policy
In office
21 June 2018  25 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byGreg Hands
Succeeded byConor Burns
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
13 May 2015  17 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byGavin Barwell
Succeeded byStephen Barclay
Member of Parliament
for Meon Valley
In office
6 May 2010  6 November 2019
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byFlick Drummond
Personal details
Born (1963-10-12) 12 October 1963 (age 57)
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Janette Hollingbery
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Early life and business career

George Michael Edward Hollingbery was born on 12 October 1963.[1][2] He was educated at Radley College before studying at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford for a BA in human sciences which he was awarded by the University of Oxford in 1985.[3] He then gained an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US.[4]

Hollingbery's earlier career was spent investing in and starting up businesses, the best known of which was veterinary chain Companion Care, sold to Pets at Home in 2002. In 2005, he began a property investment business, run from his Alresford home.

Hollingbery was elected to Winchester City Council in 1999, becoming deputy leader in 2006.[5] Hollingbery stood in Winchester in the 2005 general election, having managed the previous candidate's campaign in 2001, but was defeated by Liberal Democrat Mark Oaten.

Parliamentary career

In the 2010 general election, Hollingbery contested the new constituency of Meon Valley in Hampshire, created as a result of boundary changes. He was elected with a majority of 12,125.[6] He was re-elected in 2015 and 2017 with majorities of 23,913 and 25,692 respectively.

Hollingbery subsequently served on the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art and the Communities and Local Government Committee.[7]

In parliament, Hollingbery was a close ally of Maidenhead MP Theresa May.[8] He supported her candidature in the 2016 Conservative Party leadership election. He also served twice as her Parliamentary Private Secretary, first in her role as Home Secretary from 2012 to 2015 and then as Prime Minister from 2016 to 2018.[9]

Hollingbery was interviewed for the 2017 documentary Theresa vs. Boris: How May Became PM, in which he was also portrayed by Daniel Casey in dramatisations.[10]

Hollingbery was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in Theresa May's resignation honours on 10 September 2019.[11][12]

On 7 November 2019, Hollingbery announced he would not contest the 2019 general election. He added he supported Boris Johnson's Brexit deal but wanted to pursue career opportunities outside parliament.[13] He was succeeded as MP for Meon Valley by Flick Drummond.[14]

Ambassador to Cuba

In January 2021 it was announced that Hollingbery would be appointed as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba with effect from early 2022.[15]

Personal life

Hollingbery is married to Janette, originally from America. They have three children together. A horticulture hobbyist, his garden has been featured on the television programme Gardeners' World.[9]


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  2. "George Hollingbery MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. "LMH, Oxford – Prominent Alumni". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. "Profile – George Hollingbery". Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. "George Hollingbery". Conservative Party website. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  6. "Election 2010: Meon Valley". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  7. "George Hollingbery". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  8. "Appointing George Hollingbery proves Theresa May has zero political imagination". Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  9. "About George". George Hollingbery MP. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  10. Theresa vs. Boris: How May Became PM, retrieved 26 July 2019
  11. "Resignation Honours 2019". GOV.UK. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  12. "No. 62807". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 28 October 2019. p. 19277.
  13. "UPDATED: Sir George Hollingbery to stand down as Conservative candidate for MeonValley". Daily Echo. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  14. "Meon Valley parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  15. "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Cuba: Sir George Hollingbery KCMG". Retrieved 22 January 2021.