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  George Osborne to become editor of London Evening Standard
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 17, 2017 10:09pm
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News DateFriday, March 17, 2017 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Chancellor George Osborne is to become editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, in a surprise move that has angered opposition MPs.

The Tory MP said he was "thrilled" to succeed Sarah Sands, who is leaving to edit the BBC's Today programme.

Mr Osborne, who is to edit the paper four days a week, intends to stay on as MP for Tatton, in Cheshire.

But he is facing calls to quit politics altogether, with Jeremy Corbyn calling the appointment a "joke".

The Labour leader said he wanted an immediate by-election in Tatton, the seat Mr Osborne has represented since 2001 and is due to be abolished at the next election.

"The appointment makes a mockery of the independence of the media," Mr Corbyn said. "It takes multitasking to a new level and is an insult to the electors he is supposed to serve."
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