George Osborne to quit as MP


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.