George Osborne quits as MP

Former Chancellor George Osborne has announced that he is quitting as an MP ‘for now’ in a letter to his Tatton constituents, following the announcement of a snap election and only one month after he was announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard

Osborne revealed in his letter that he would not be standing in the snap general election, announced by prime minister Theresa May yesterday.

In a letter to his Tatton constituents, he wrote: ‘I am stepping down from the House of Commons – for now. But I will remain active in the debate about our country’s future and on the issues I care about, like the success of the Northern Powerhouse.

‘I want a Britain that is free, open, diverse and works with other nations to defend our democratic values in the world.

‘I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper. It’s still too early to be writing my memoirs.’

Osborne’s appointment as editor of the Evening Standard, beginning in May, drew criticism over potential conflicts of interest while he remained an MP as well as questions over his suitability as he has no formal journalistic experience.

In 1993, Osborne was shortlisted for but failed to gain a place on The Times trainee scheme. He also applied to The Economist where he was interviewed and rejected by Gideon Rachman. He resorted to freelance work on the Peterborough diary column of The Daily Telegraph.

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