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Petition calls on Tatton MP George Osborne to 'pick one job'

20 March 2017

Former UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne's appointment as editor of London's Evening Standard is drawing scrutiny from bodies that set the rules on whether lawmakers are able to hold two jobs.

But Mr Osborne, who has insisted he can edit the paper while remaining an MP, said he believed having MPs who could draw on outside experiences was good for Parliament as it enabled former ministers, in particular, to "continuing to contribute to the decisions we make". "I'm interested to hear".

Mr Osborne told MPs: "When I heard that this urgent question had been granted I thought it was important to be here, although unfortunately we have missed the deadline for the Evening Standard".

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Mr Osborne already has several other paying jobs, including an advisory role at investment firm BlackRock that pays £650,000 (S$1.12 million) a year.

There are now up to three investigations into Mr Osborne's decision, including probes by the Committee on Standards in Public Life and a possible investigation by Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. "It now seems to be getting into rockier waters".

The SNP's Roger Mullin said accepting the editorship was a "disgraceful shambles" while Labour MP Dennis Skinner asked: "How can a full-time politician be a full-time editor of a daily newspaper?"

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Martin Bell, a former BBC war correspondent who won the seat of Tatton as an independent politician in 1997, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Osborne is spurning the needs of his constituents by taking a job in journalism - alongside his one-day-a-week post with USA fund manager BlackRock.

Gove is a former journalist who himself has been tipped as a potential future newspaper editor himself.

On Saturday, the owner of the Standard, Evgeny Lebedev, defended Osborne's appointment.

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Petition calls on Tatton MP George Osborne to 'pick one job'