George Osborne to quit as MP

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Former chancellor George Osborne has announced he is quitting as an MP to concentrate on being editor of the Evening Standard newspaper.

The Evening Standard has reported the move, following a letter to voters in his Tatton constituency.

In the letter, Osborne says: “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.

“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 adds: “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.”

His decision comes after yesterday’s call for a snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May. The election will be held on 8 June.