Bruce George

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Bruce George MP, 21 January 2008, House of Commons, London

Bruce George (b:1 June 1942) is a Labour MP for Walsall South (since 1974). He has often acted as an election observer via the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

He was a member of the defence Select Committee from 1979, becoming its chairman in 1997, and leaving the committee in 2005. He became a member of the Privy Council in 2001.

Although he has been an MP since 1974, and has never been on the frontbench. He is seen as a supporter of NATO and a strong military. In 2002 he was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and was re-elected in 2003. Then between 2004 and June 2006 he was 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 married to Lisa Toelle since 1992 and is Honorary Political Advisor to The Royal British Legion. In 1981 he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex. He is a vice president of the Psoriasis Association.



Register of Interests

6. Overseas visits

  • 19-22 March 2006, to Nairobi, at the invitation of the International Institute for Security, to make a keynote speech at a seminar that sought to promote a distance learning programme for tutors and students in the field of security. Economy class air ticket and hotel costs were paid by SecurFast. (Registered 24 March 2006)
  • 1-4 October 2006, to Bucharest, to speak at a conference on "First International Security Conference: Private Security-and Public Safety" in co-operation with the Romanian Industry Security Association. My economy class flight ticket and hotel costs were paid for by the International Institute for Security. (Registered 15 December 2006)
  • 21-26 November 2006, to Georgia, Caucasus, to chair a conference on "Economic Reintegration of Conflict Zones", in my capacity as Honorary President of the International Association for Business and Parliament (IABP). My economy class flight ticket and accommodation were paid for by the IABP. (Registered 15 December 2006)[3]


  • Jane's NATO Handbook Edited by Bruce George, 1990, Jane's Information Group ISBN 0-7106-0598-6
  • Jane's NATO Handbook Edited by Bruce George, 1991, Jane's Information Group ISBN 0-7106-0976-0
  • The British Labour Party and Defence by Bruce George, 1992, Greenwood Press ISBN 0-275-94202-3
  • Worth Saving: The Story of the Staffordshire Regiment's Fight for Survival by Bruce George and Nick Ryan, 1996, Dalesman Publishing Company Ltd ISBN 1-85825-070-6
  • The Nazis by Bruce George, 1997, Bounty Books ISBN 1-85152-698-6
  • Private Security by Mark Button and Bruce George, 2000, Perpetuity Press Ltd ISBN 1-899287-70-1

Contact, References and Resources




  1. Changes to the Register of Members' Interests, The Register of Members' Interests, 6 November 2006 (Accessed 21 January 2008)
  2. Records at Companies House
  3. Session 2006-07 Publications on the internet Register of Members' Interests, current as at 26 March 2007.GALE - GWYNNE