Sunday 22 April 2018

'Editor job will enhance parliament' - Osborne

British MP George Osborne. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
British MP George Osborne. Photo: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Christopher Hope

George Osborne has defended his decision to accept the editorship at the London 'Evening Standard', saying that parliament will be "enhanced" by his new job.

The former British chancellor spoke out in parliament after speaker John Bercow granted an urgent question to Labour to discuss his decision to accept the role at the paper while staying on as MP for Tatton.

The news came as Tory MP Cheryl Gillan said Mr Osborne's decision will form part of a parliamentary investigation into the Whitehall body that approves jobs for ex-ministers.

There are now as many as four different probes into Mr Osborne's decision to accept the job and continue as Conservative MP for Tatton.

Mr Osborne told MPs: "In my view this parliament is enhanced when we have people of different experience take part in our robust debate and when people who have held senior ministerial office continue to contribute to the decisions we have to make."

Mr Osborne joked that the debate - which started at 3.30pm - came too late for the Standard's lunchtime deadlines. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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