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George Balfour (1872 – 26 September 1941) was a British Conservative Party politician and engineer.


Of Scottish ancestry but born in Portsmouth, George Balfour joined the Blackness Foundry in Dundee as an apprentice in 1888. He subsequently qualified as a mechanical and electrical engineer.[1]

In 1909, together with Andrew Beatty, an English accountant, he founded Balfour Beatty which was to become an international construction business.[1] Under his leadership the company installed a new tramway system in Dunfermline in Fife.[1] The two partners also founded Power Securities, a business established to pursue opportunities in hydro-electric power, in 1922.[1]

From 1918 to 1942, Balfour sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hampstead.[2] He contributed to many debates on employment issues.[1]

Balfour died on 26 September 1941 at which time he was still a serving MP.[1]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Fletcher, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Hampstead
1918 – 1941
Succeeded by
Charles Challen


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