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George Cunningham
North Thanet

George Cunningham is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Thanet North for the 2015 General Election.
 He is Vice Chair of the Lib Dem branch in Brussels and Europe and a member of the party's International Relations Committee and Parliamentary Candidates Association Executive.

His current role is Deputy Head of Division for China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia in the European External Action Service, based in Brussels. Having begun his career as a British Army Officer, George worked for British Petroleum and BritishTelecom and ran an NGO before travelling the world as a diplomat both for the United Nations and the European Union.

He is determined, having walked with a backpack the length of Africa for charity for more than two years in his youth. Much of the focus of his life has been on helping young people get on with life.

"Thanet and Herne Bay need investment for their rejuvenation and for people to get jobs. This will be the focus of my candidacy and as an MP if elected", said George. He has already attracted investor interest for Manston Airport, a major local issue, through his international contacts from the Gulf, China and Taiwan.

George's policy interests include improving the lives of people living in Thanet and Herne Bay, education, protection of privacy, foreign policy, security and defence. 
George is married to Florence. Their two children, Constance and Curran, both went to school in Sturry.