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Osborne Quits One Job

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with George Osborne at No 11 Downing Street in London (File)

Former chancellor George Osborne has decided to leave his Parliamentary job but “but will carry on fighting for that Britain I love as editor of the Evening Standard”….reports Asian Lite News

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with George Osborne at No 11 Downing Street in London (File)

The news was first appeared in Evening Standard, the newspaper he is going to edit. In a letter revealing his decision to Conservatives in his Tatton constituency, Mr Osborne said he was thrilled to be taking charge of “a great newspaper”.

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

Explaining his decision to step down, he said: “At the age of 45, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life just being an ex-Chancellor. I want new challenges.

Former Chancellor George Osborne in Matrix attire

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to edit the Evening Standard. I’ve met the team there, and their energy and commitment to this great newspaper are positively infectious.”

He promised his editorship would give the public “straight facts and informed opinion to help them to make the big decisions Britain now faces about the kind of country we want to be. That starts with the coverage of this general election.”

Mr Osborne has been an MP for 16 years and was the youngest Tory MP of his generation in 2001. He was already well known as a backroom Conservative who headed the political section of Conservative Research Department and later worked for John Major at No 10 and for William Hague.