Rt Hon Bruce George

Rt Hon Bruce George

Vice President, the Security Institute; former UK Parliamentary Representative to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE

Bruce George was elected to the House of Commons for Walsall South at the February 1974 General Election. He remained the Member of Parliament for the constituency until he stood down at the General election in 2010.

Bruce served as a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee from 1979 until 2005, serving as Chairman of the Committee from 1997-2005. He became a member of the Privy Council in 2001.

He became Leader of the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and was elected Vice President of the Assembly in November 2007. In 2002, he was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and was re-elected in 2003. Between 2004 and June 2006, he served as President Emeritus and Special Advisor on Mediterranean Affairs. He also regularly acts an election monitor, most recently in the disputed Presidential elections in Ukraine and Georgia. He has been on 20 EOMs in his time as a Member of Parliament and is currently writing a book on the subject of elections, electoral processes and democratisation.

He is an Honorary Political Advisor to The Royal British Legion and Vice-President of the UK's largest professional security organisation, The Security Institute. He is a member of RUSI, ASIS and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). He has been eth Editor of Jane’s NATO Handbook and is a member of the International Security Management Association.

His political interests include defence, conflict prevention and peacekeeping, international affairs, policing, private security, election scrutiny, the Mediterranean, central Asia, Georgia and the Caucasus, and central and eastern Europe.

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