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George Osborne to become editor of London Evening Standard
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Mar 17, 2017 10:09pm|
|News Date||Friday, March 17, 2017 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Former 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."