George Osborne appointed as the new Editor of the Evening Standard

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The Evening Standard has announced the appointment of our MP George Osborne as its new Editor to succeed Sarah Sands.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer will take up his role as editor in early May.

The Standard's says its schedule will enable Mr Osborne to edit the paper and continue to fulfil his other commitments, including as an MP; giving him the time to vote and contribute in Parliament in the afternoon after the paper has gone to print, and be in his constituency. He will edit the paper an average of four days a week.

George Osborne said: "This is such an exciting and challenging job and I'm thrilled to take it on. The Evening Standard is a great paper, testimony to the hard work of Sarah Sands and the impressive team, and to the investment of its owners. I look forward to working with, learning from and leading this team of dedicated professionals.

"Growing up as a Londoner, I've always known that the Evening Standard is an institution that plays a huge part in the life of the city and its people. Now it is a great honour that I can play a part as leader of the editorial team making the Evening Standard the definitive voice of the world's most exciting city.

"I am proud to be a Conservative MP, but as editor and leader of a team of dedicated and independent journalists, our only interest will be to give a voice to all Londoners. We will be fearless as a paper fighting for their interests. We will judge what the government, London's politicians and the political parties do against this simple test: is it good for our readers and good for London? If it is, we'll support them. If it isn't we'll be quick to say so.

"So much is now at stake about the future of our country and its capital city. I will remain in Parliament, where that future is debated. I was elected by my constituents in Tatton to serve them and I intend to fulfil that promise. I remain passionate about the Northern Powerhouse and will continue to promote that cause. Right from the first speech I gave about the North of England, I've said that London needs a successful north and the north benefits from its links to a global city like London. It's not a zero-sum game, but quite the opposite."

Evening Standard proprietor, Evgeny Lebedev said: "In George, we have appointed someone of huge political achievement, and economic and cultural authority. Once he put himself forward for the position, he was the obvious choice. I am proud to have an Editor of such substance, who reinforces the Evening Standard's standing and influence in London and whose political viewpoint - liberal on social issues and pragmatic on economic ones - closely matches those of many of our readers."

Patti Goddard, President of the Tatton Conservative Association, said "It's exciting that George has got this new big role in our public life. We in the Tatton Conservatives fully support him. He's a hard-working constituency MP. In the last couple of weeks alone he's being working with local schools on their concerns about the funding formula, and dealing with some tricky constituency cases. The fact he's editing the Standard in the weekday mornings won't affect that at all - after all, being Chancellor was a 24/7 job."

As required of former ministers, Mr Osborne is seeking the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments on his appointment.

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Terry Roeves
Friday 17th March 2017 at 1:00 pm
Shocking. Resign and let's have a full time MP. Local Cllrs should resign in protest if he doesn't go.
How low can you sink?
Jackie Pass
Friday 17th March 2017 at 1:10 pm
Patti Goddard Tatton Conservatives, "He is a hard working constituency MP". Presumably in between all his other paid jobs.
Toni Fox
Friday 17th March 2017 at 2:32 pm
It has become apparent to me since being elected as a ward councillor in Wilmslow for Cheshire East Council that it is pretty much up to each individual Councillor to determine how much time and effort they choose to put into their elected role for the benefit of their residents and the residents of the Borough.

I know how many hours a week I work, including evenings and weekends, to feel that I justify residents supporting me in my election and I would assume the role of an MP should multiply this many times.

I agree with Mr Roeves, if this is the path Mr Osborne has chosen to take he should resign as an MP.

Cllr Toni Fox - Independent
Dean Row Ward, Wilmslow
Alan Brough
Friday 17th March 2017 at 2:54 pm
I think you're being very unfair.

I've read about this "Gig" economy where people have to have two or three jobs in order to make ends meet.
Jonathan Follows
Friday 17th March 2017 at 3:18 pm
Good luck to him.
If it's acceptable to be Chancellor (or Prime Minister) as well as being a "full time MP" then surely being editor of a regional newspaper is a less onerous job than the one of being responsible for the nation's finances? And judge him by his performance rather than by the outdated notion that a job is about the number of hours worked rather than what is actually accomplished.

That said, I couldn't and wouldn't do it, my concept of work/life balance is clearly different from his. And it gives him a way out when his constituency is abolished/merged in 2020, which he supports although I don't.
Jackie Pass
Friday 17th March 2017 at 3:27 pm
Jonathan - you have summed up what is going on, "it gives him a way out when his constituency is abolished/merged in 2020".
Andrew Backhouse
Friday 17th March 2017 at 6:59 pm
George Osborne will now be working in London on two supposedly full time jobs which are near his family, plus some consultancy and speaking engagements. Is he going to give the extra money to charity? Employ more people to cover for his absences from here? How often does he attend debates or vote in Parliament these days?
I do appreciate MPs of whatever party who are regularly in their constituencies, speaking to the public, working in MP's surgeries to help us, listening to our needs too, and not only doing photo calls with children and big business. I think he should do the honest things - which the MPs for Copeland and for Stoke did, when they got new jobs, and resign.
Then can we have another independent who listens more and represents us all as Martin Bell did?
Do we need to organise a campaign/public meetings to air this all or are our local press going to be able to cover it well enough?
Roger Bagguley
Friday 17th March 2017 at 7:09 pm
Just watched George on local news - London. He pledges to be the voice of London: In support of or opposed to the Mayor and Government as is appropriate. This is not the George we know representing the people of Knutsford constituency particularly with regard to the Local Plan. He would have been more highly regarded had he been editor of one of our local papers giving Cheshire East Council and Conservative Councillors a hard time over a seriously flawed document that will have a profound effect on life here in Cheshire.
Nick Jones
Friday 17th March 2017 at 8:56 pm
The now declared intent ( post chancellor ) of having No interest in Tatton .. is now clearly established ... ( Havent we been here before ..Cash Hamilton ? ) Having been in contact with him over constituency matters previously I am a little surprised that he has not taken the more honourable course and resigned. It would be interesting to see who in the party or constituency will voice support this latest business venture.
Come back Martin Bell !
Pete Taylor
Friday 17th March 2017 at 10:18 pm
From Project Fear to Project Revenge.
Derek Ferguson
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 9:10 am
I feel for him. He is struggling to make ends meet and is taking on another job to keep the wolf from the door. His other jobs include...
"Osborne is already paid £650,000 a year for one day’s work a week for fund manager BlackRock. He has earned £800,000 for 15 speaking engagements in the last year, collects a £120,000 a year stipend from a US thinktank and has a book deal on top of his £75,000 MP’s salary".

Now add editor of the Evening Standard on top that. Poor Gideon.
Mabel Taylor
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 10:10 am
Even when George Osborne made time from his busy schedule to visit the constituency the visits have usually been limited to day visits.
In the early days he said he needed to get back to London to see his children, then later as Chancellor he had to return to London to deal with affairs of State, and doubtless now he will have to get back to London to edit The London Evening Standard.
Therefore it is reasonable to ask whether Osborne taking up this latest job will have any impact whatsoever on Tatton.
Pete Taylor
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 2:24 pm
"I may have run the country...". Delusional as well as brass-necked and greedy beyond imagination.
Nick Jones
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 3:43 pm
Is this a breach of the ministerial code ?? the fact its not ethical doesn't appear to be of any consideration to Tatton constituents .. Ive no problem with planning ahead but a bit of honesty to the electorate wouldnt go amiss.... As it currently is amiss !!
Ade Whitaker
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 7:09 pm
Total contempt for his constituents. Time to resign.
Pete Taylor
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 8:50 pm
Apart from the knee-jerk comment from Patti Goddard (issued before Tatton Consevative Party Office had time meet and react, therefore surely a personal opinion?) our CEC and WTC Conservative "representatives" seem very quiet.
So; WTC and CEC Cllrs- how do you feel about this situation Gidiot has placed us in? Feel free to step forward asap to distance yourselves, because the elections are coming soon...
Pete Taylor
Saturday 18th March 2017 at 10:24 pm
Breaking news- looks like Ozzy is becoming toxic in his own party in Westminster, so: who do we want to represent us to fill the gap until our constituency disappears...?

I would be prepared to have our previous Independent MP step in for as many hours as Gidiot put into the constituency job, same pay, same hours as he put in. i.e. almost nothing per week.
Simon Worthington
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 7:49 am
I am just one of many who has written to Gideon and had a respose from what I presume was an intern with an arts degree and no economic education. I didn't bother again like others. Time for him to pack it in and just stay in blood-sucking London. He has exposed himself to be another Blair or Clinton but with less chance of getting his collar felt.
Time for another independent.
Sandra Cox
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 8:25 am
The only person on any local council to comment about GO's appalling behaviour is Toni Fox (see above) our Residents of Wilmslow Dean Row Councillor. We need more independents like her to stand up and be counted.
Nick Jones
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 9:34 am
Sandra.. A very valid point.... I mean if it was about cleaning a duck pond... or sewing a wild seed meadow.. or some other twee column inches grabbing trivia then there would be some inane comment... But now there are two significant column inch stories to comment upon that affect every resident of Wilmslow, every Tatton constituent and CEC namely ..1. Green Belt Desolation and exceptional cases to remove land for development 2. Osbourne's declaration of intent to be London centric and service 5 other jobs... Then we are met with a complicit wall of silence. Silence may be the best way to treat a fool but it certainly is a foolish way to treat your electorate. The case for an Independant MP is made again #Hamilton2 ?
Pete Taylor
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 9:40 am
Remarkably the Tatton Conservative website "news" section has no mention of recent events (some "news" items are from 2015/6) and the linked Osborne4Tatton site appears to have some broken (Page 404 error) links and also carries no news.
Sandra Cox
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11:19 am
I rang Conservative Head Office in Knutsford before the General Election which ousted Hamilton and asked about the accusations against him. I was told of course he had done nothing wrong and the Press reports where pure fabrication. So Pete, it would seem they are doing it again and pretending nothing has changed.
Steve 'Buck' Taylor
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11:28 am
Lets face it GO is still smarting from being bounced out by Theresa May, a little bit of empire building from the back benches (with the help of his mate Dodgy Dave) who always seems to be in close vicinity when GO is up to feathering his own nest, yes we can see the bigger picture. If May fails on a decent brexit deal, the night of the 'long knives' will be out and GO safely elected in a new Tory safe seat will be manoeuvring his way to the top job. You can the 'chess moves' a mile off. Patti Gotdon and the rest of her crew are a disgrace and at the next local elections constituents should remember this and vote them out.
Sandra Cox
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11:30 am
Anyone who wishes to protest, may like to sign the petition which will be presented to GO's office tomorrow. They have nearly 150000 signatures and would like 200000. Putting 'George Osborne Pick A Job' into the search engine leads to the petition.
Julie Lowe
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 12:19 pm
'Nick Jones' sOwing wildflower meadows and cleaning duck ponds and indeed petitioning against the withdrawal of a vital bus service all deserve column inches. Not everyone in Cheshire East is obsessed with the local plan and green belt land! Personally I don't care whether these 'representatives' call themselves independents, ratepayers, conservatives or anything else as long as they are doing what, let's face it, they are being paid to do, it's a job at the end of the day! Address the real issues that face the electorate!
Sandra Cox
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 4:52 pm
Julie Lowe: The point is that for years CE Conservative Councillors have ignored the wishes of the electorate. That is why many of us wish to have 'independents' who do not follow the party line. If caring that the green belt (when there are many brownfield sites available) is not covered in unnecessary housing is 'obsessive' then so be it. It will affect ALL the residents of this area not just those in the immediate vicinity and is a 'real issue'. I think future generations would be grateful that we tried to prevent this and left them with countryside to enjoy as we have been able to do, roads without constant traffic jams, places in local schools for local children and medical facilities to match the growth of population concreting over the green belt will bring. The lack of infrastructure to prevent the above is of huge concern. CE are there to serve us and not to dictate to us as has been the case for too long. The only way to change this is to vote out the Conservatives.
Steve 'Buck' Taylor
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 5:33 pm
Lets face it GO is still smarting from being bounced out by Theresa May, a little bit of empire building from the back benches (with the help of his mate Dodgy Dave) who always seems to be in close vicinity when GO is up to feathering his own nest, yes we can see the bigger picture. If May fails on a decent brexit deal, the night of the 'long knives' will be out and GO safely elected in a new Tory safe seat will be manoeuvring his way to the top job. You can the 'chess moves' a mile off. Patti Gotdon and the rest of her crew are a disgrace and at the next local elections constituents should remember this and vote them out.
Julie Lowe
Sunday 19th March 2017 at 6:33 pm
Sandra Cox, I am sure the future generations would much rather have homes to live in than countryside to amble through! We do not have the luxury of considering 'future' generations at this point in time whilst there is so much that needs rectifying for the current generation. You only have to fly into Manchester airport to see that Cheshire is predominantly green belt land which can be accessed by most in a very short space of time! You would never concrete over such a large area in 20 generations.
Roger Bagguley
Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:10 am
Julie: Surely strategically based solutions for today's problems make life better for future generations. A sustainable system is one that acknowledges limiting factors and plans accordingly. Thus our future generations can have the best of both worlds: Houses to live in and green spaces in which to roam.
Julie Lowe
Monday 20th March 2017 at 1:34 pm
I totally agree Roger. The point I am trying to get across is that there are more pressing, in fact, immediate concerns that our representatives to CeC should be concerned about addressing. Concerns that impact on the lives of many Wilmslow and Handforth residents.
Manuel Golding
Monday 20th March 2017 at 2:56 pm
Julie Lowe, what you see flying into Manchester airport may be green fields but most of that greenery is not part of the Green Belt. You are obviously confused by green but it is not all the same as you have assumed.
Manuel Golding
Monday 20th March 2017 at 4:07 pm
Well said Sandra Cox. That we have not read comment on George's income generating opportunities from any of Wilmslow's Conservative CE councillors rather says all we need to know of these so called representatives.
Rather than stand up for their voters they prefer to keep a low profile by saying nowt in preference to offending the party.
This non action tells the electorate all it needs to know about just where the Conservative councillors stand. They have done and will continue to act, i.e.speak & vote, in struct accordance with the party's policies. The voters are just the means to the end, after elections our concerns are easily dismissed & ignored if not in accord with the Party's needs.
So it was refreshing to read Wilmslow's ONLY independent CE councillor, Cllr Toni Fox of Residents of Wilmslow (Dean Row) expressing her concerns and on behalf of very many of her constituents with our MPs job chasing.
Cllr Fox has yet again made the point that what Wilmslow needs are yet more independent representatives on Cheshire East Council, representatives who will speak out for their electorate.
George Osborne & the Conservative CE voting fodder are becoming RoWs best recruiting sergeants.
If you feel you can add to the RoW independent fight "come and join us".
With your help we can make Wilmslow a beacon of RoW independents flying the RoW flag.
Manuel Golding
Monday 20th March 2017 at 4:18 pm
Julie Lowe, you have obviously set yourself up as a local ombudsman.
So do tell us all just what are "the real issues that face the electorate"???
No point in making bland, meaningless rhetoric if not backed by any evidence.
So pray tell us.
Julie Lowe
Monday 20th March 2017 at 4:41 pm
I have done no such thing Manuel Golding but since you ask, to begin with, the planned termination of the 378 bus service which serves hundreds of residents within Handforth and Wilmslow and which will have a huge impact on the daily lives of many residents both young and elderly. Another issue is the disabled access at Handforth station. We have been told year after year that our 'representatives ' are handling the situation yet nothing ever transpires. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of s106 monies some of which has been lying dormant for 20 years and which our 'representatives ' told us 2 years ago was going to provide additional parking in Handforth to alleviate the ongoing problems and yet still no sign of anything happening. These are the immediate issues that need addressing by our 'representatives ' whatever banner they choose to go under!
Jackie Pass
Monday 20th March 2017 at 5:03 pm
Julie - agree the 378 decision is a disgrace. Cheshire East says it wants to promote the use of public transport and that sites in the Local Plan should be accessible by these means - and then decides that it is acceptable to stop giving funding to bus services. We all know why the bus is stopping in Cheadle Hulme - because Stockport contributes to it through their "free bus travel" for pensioners, whereas Cheshire East doesn't.
Nick Jones
Monday 20th March 2017 at 5:53 pm
@ Julie your quite right... But If CEC prioritise an issue as 'Minor' ( not that it would be minor if it impeded your mobility... but on their assessment which we can only second guess ) Then how the heck ( applying the same priority rating ) can they then get a serious issue at the opposite end of the spectrum right ?
Meanwhile they demonstrably waste our taxes and then increase the levy by a 5% saving !! So they cant get the maths right either.
Ryan Dance
Monday 20th March 2017 at 6:22 pm
Democracy wins. For the independents....I'm sorry but the usual clap trap predicated mainly on green belt protection for fear of damaging a blade of grass is a joke. I'm so fed up hearing this tripe .... development....collusion...conspiracy theories. It's absolute garbage. Get some credible policies...articulate them well and tell us what you will do other the protecting the green belt and opposing almost every development. It's emabarrasing. A bunch of spoilt teenagers rambling on about green belt...blah blah. We get it. It needs better protection...a clear plan. Pontificating about the height buildings...complaing about parking...traffic...handforth dean...conversions of dental surgeries to apartments ....it is quite frankly absurd. I may be lone voice on here. But its about as engaging as the lords voting on Brexit.
Toni Fox
Monday 20th March 2017 at 7:02 pm
Jackie, both myself and the two Handforth ward councillors are putting pressure on officers, the Porfolio Holder and the Leader of the Council to subsidise this service and keep it operating.

Cheshire East Council has a Conservative majority, Cabinet members are hand picked Conservatives, each committee has a majority of Conservatives and all portfolio holders are Conservatives - no prizes for guessing which political party makes all the decisions (disabled access and car parks included).

Thanks for your concern Julie but I can re-assure you that I am capable of posting comments AND working on behalf of my residents!

Cllr Toni Fox - Independent
Dean Row Ward - Wilmslow
Jackie Pass
Monday 20th March 2017 at 7:20 pm
This bus goes through Lacey Green. The Wilmslow Councillor for this is Councillor Don Stockton. He sits on Cheshire East's Cabinet. Why has he not spoken out to protect residents interests?
Pete Taylor
Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:14 pm
@ Ryan:
"Democracy wins. For the independents....I'm sorry but the usual clap trap predicated mainly on green belt protection for fear of damaging a blade of grass is a joke. I'm so fed up hearing this tripe .... development....collusion...conspiracy theories. It's absolute garbage. Get some credible policies...articulate them well and tell us what you will do other the protecting the green belt and opposing almost every development. It's emabarrasing. A bunch of spoilt teenagers rambling on about green belt...blah blah. We get it. It needs better protection...a clear plan. Pontificating about the height buildings...complaing about parking...traffic...handforth dean...conversions of dental surgeries to apartments ....it is quite frankly absurd. I may be lone voice on here. But its about as engaging as the lords voting on Brexit."

This is either an excellent free-thinking rant, or you are off your medication; again.

Pure poetry in the modern idiom- have you considered publishing a book?
Pete Taylor
Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:24 pm
@ Jackie; Silent Don Stockton seems to be a very curious character, he lives in a nice road in Alderley, yet somehow was elected to represent Lacey Green, for the Conservative and Unionist Party... again.
One might only surmise that Putin's dark operatives were involved and hacked the election; presumably as a try-out for the US Presidential travesty? Allegedly.


Don, any comment?
Julie Lowe
Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 1:43 pm
I am sure you are capable of doing both Toni, not sure where that retort
came from. However, can you tell us what response you've received from all
these people you've been in contact with and why, as our 'representatives '
ward councillors weren't aware of such an important cabinet decision when it
was made 3-4 weeks ago?
Toni Fox
Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 7:48 pm
Julie, my "retort" was merely a response to your comment "...there are more pressing, in fact, immediate concerns that our representatives to CEC should be concerned about addressing". As I am the only Town, Parish or Ward Councillor to have posted a comment on this thread I assumed you were directing this comment to me and only wished to re-assure you.

If you are referring to the Bus Service Review Project report made to Cabinet on 7th February this as the title suggests is a review and has no relevance to the decision made by Stagecoach to withdraw the 378 bus service.

When a difinitive decision has been made by the Council I will be informing residents in my ward who have contacted me about this as I am sure your ward representative will contact you if you have registered your concerns.

Toni Fox - Independent
Dean Row Ward, Wilmslow
Julie Lowe
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 9:06 am
No Toni, my comments weren't directed solely at you.I am aware that there may be other town,parish and ward councillors who read these comments who choose not to respond and that is their prerogative.
I wasn't referring to the cabinet meeting of 7th Feb, I was referring to the telephone conversation that the chair of Handforth Parish Council had with ANSA when she was told that CeC had been informed 3 weeks before that the service was to be curtailed.
It's reassuring to know that Cheshire East haven't yet made a definitive decision regarding this though and I look forward to hearing that they make the right one for the residents.
Toni Fox
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 5:04 pm
Odd that Julie, you clearly state in your comment

"....why, as our 'representatives' ward councillors weren't aware of such an important Cabinet decision made 3-4 weeks ago."

I'm uncertain how this can be confused with a telephone conversation between a parish councillor and Cheshire East Council that took place last week.

You had either not read, or misunderstood, the report presented to Cabinet as a result of which you publicly posted misleading and erroneous information which is extremely unhelpful on such an emotive issue to many residents.

We are all on the same side aren't we? Trying to save a bus service.

Cllr Toni Fox - Independent
Dean Row Ward, Wilmslow

PS. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for information not to be passed through to ward councillors on issues that may affect the residents in their ward. This is not the fault of ward councillors, we are as unhappy about it as residents, and something we raise again, and again.
Julie Lowe
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 8:05 pm
Cabinet? Council? I made an error, apologies to anyone who was upset by my genuine mistake. The fact remains that CEC knew about this 3-4 weeks ago. That's the real issue,nothing erroneous or misleading about that. Wasn't it the cabinet meeting where it stated that the there will be public consultation starting in May? The month after the bus service is terminated?
I would like to think we are on the same side which is why I asked for an update on what information you have received from the people you've contacted about this. In the meantime I can assure you that we are continuing to gather support from the many hundreds of residents who are signing the petition Janet Taylor has produced.
Janet Taylor
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 8:31 pm
If this is us all working for the same purpose, I'd hate to see us in opposition on important community matters, this really isn't going to get the 378 reinstated. So lets pull together shall we, I'd like to know how the Ward Councillors for all areas covered by the bus route have cascaded the information to residents, especially those who are elderly, disabled or unlikely to use the internet. Hopefully we can use the same methods to further share the petition. Secondly by what method are you putting on CEC? You imply you haven't yet had a reply when others have so perhaps you're not using the right methods or applying sufficient pressure. I have had a similar response from my own Ward Councillors who appear to have not had a reply either. Lastly you imply that you will respond to those who have contacted you with your concerns? Really, what about the ones who haven't? Are you assuming they don't care or do they just not matter because it's my guessing that they are the very people who will be housebound without this service.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 9:33 pm
Looks like Road Transport investment in the 'Northern Powerhouse' is also going South George !
http://bbc.in/2n67ouZ

Do the honourable thing !

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