Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire
Spokesperson for the Economy (incl. Tourism & Culture), Transport and Sport
Russell George is the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire and has represented the constituency since 2011. Russell is the Spokesperson 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 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.
Russell was elected to Powys County Council in 2008 and was a member of the Council’s executive management board between 2008 – 2011. On his election to the National Assembly for Wales in 2011, he was appointed the Shadow Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development before becoming Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs between 2014 – 2016. In May 2016, Russell was returned to the Assembly with an increased majority.
Between 2013 – 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 4th Assembly he was an active member of the Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, and the Petitions Committee.
His 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 in 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 and he is a member of a range of organisations including the Area Scout Council, the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, the Montgomeryshire Branch of United Nations, the MND Association, the Newtown and District Canine Society and the Newtown Twinning Association. He is also a member of Hope Church in Newtown and as such has been involved in many projects that support the community.
Before being elected to the Assembly, Russell was a school governor, was on the Board of Coleg Powys, and was a member of the Theatr Hafren Management Committee.