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Society welcomes Osborne's commitment as editor of Evening Standard

20 April 2017

The Society of Editors has welcomed the apparent recognition by former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne that the role of editor of a daily newspaper is a full-time occupation.

Mr Osborne announced that he was to step down as an MP in the wake of the announcement of a snap General Election for June 8 to focus on his new role as editor of the London Evening Standard.

Society of Editors Deputy Executive Director Ian Murray said he was pleased Mr Osborne appeared to have recognised that being at the helm of any newspaper requires complete dedication.

“The Society has welcomed George into the ranks of editors at the helm of one of our greatest newspapers. The role of editor is not one that can be truly undertaken on a part-time basis,” said Ian.

In a letter to his constituents in Tatton in Cheshire, the former chancellor said he was “very excited” about the prospect of editing the paper.

In his letter, also published in the Evening Standard, Mr Osborne said he intended to continue to take an active role in debating the future of the UK.

“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,” he said.

Mr Osborne had faced intense criticism for taking on the demanding role of editing a London newspaper while remaining MP for Tatton. He had explained he would split his time between his two demanding roles, spending mornings in the newsroom and afternoons at the Commons.

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