George Smid was born in communist Czechoslovakia. He defected in 1981 and gained British citizenship in 1987. He sees himself as “European by birth, British by choice, Liberal by Conviction.” For George, this election is about Brexit, the environment, energy development, and the economy.
George’s knowledge of Europe is factual and based on his own life experiences. George went into politics through local campaigning. Sometimes that got him into trouble (he spent a day in a police cell, and was later released without charge). He is a member of the local Transition Movement and European Movement where he was instrumental in setting up East Midlands branches. Within Liberal Democrats George is an active member of LDEG, ALTER and ALDES.
George holds a Masters Degrees in Structural and Civil Engineering and in Business Administration. As an engineer he worked on building sites, in a design office, and in public administration. He lived and worked in various European countries during 1990s spearheading regional investment for a major oil company. He now runs his own project management firm facilitating cross border projects. As a professional in the energy sector, George has a practical undestanding of how investment decisions are made, and his work on Land Value Tax allows him to grasp the social and economic aspects of infrastructure funding.
George is married, with an adult son and a disabled daughter. He does not see himself as a professional politician, but instead he offers conviction through his life experiences: growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, then becoming a stateless refugee, university lecturer, a night shift dish washer, working for a multinational corporation, and running his own business. He has faced many real life issues: a job, a family, a mortgage, children’s schooling, and other family concerns. Having one child disabled exposed him to NHS and social issues directly and personally, and he will work to protect the vulnerable.
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