Tatton Conservatives stand by their 'star' as 192,000 call on Osborne to pick a job


Over 192,000 people have signed a petition calling for George Osborne to either stand down as an MP or quit his new job as editor of the Evening Standard.

The online petition, called 'George Osborne MP - Pick A Job' was set up by the campaign group 38 Degrees.

On their website they state the petition is important because "George Osborne has just accepted a job as editor of the Evening Standard. But he's already got a full-time job as an MP, representing tens of thousands of people who live in his constituency, including me.

"It's not appropriate for someone to be a member of the government and also control a huge amount of the media. George Osborne needs to pick a job.

"The Evening Standard newspaper said its publication 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."

"But what about when he needs to be an MP in the morning? No other full-time job would let you just work afternoons. And when it comes to standing up for constituents - helping someone in need or providing vital support to struggling families - that should always be George Osborne's number one priority."

Meanwhile Tatton Conservatives have confirmed their complete support for George Osborne, who has stated he fully intends to remain as Tatton MP and serve his constituents, at their annual meeting on Friday, 24th March.

George Osborne said "We had a great annual meeting tonight. I'm so grateful for the overwhelming support I got from Tatton Conservatives. It's a huge honour to be the local MP here."

Patti Goddard, President of the Tatton Conservative Association - "We've just had our annual meeting of the Tatton Conservatives. It was incredibly positive. There was unanimous support among the members for our local MP, George Osborne.

"He's always been able to work hard as a local MP as well as being a big figure on the national stage - whether as Chancellor or an editor. We've got complete confidence in his ability to do so in the future. He's our star."

George Osborne, Tatton Conservatives


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Roger Bagguley
Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 9:38 am
It beggars belief that this is happening and that there are actually people around proud to be in support. This is not a Conservative Party working in support of the hard working people of Tatton. Perhaps the key as to why Teresa May dropped George Osborne from her cabinet and to why he needs to seek his fortune elsewhere.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 10:21 am
“He's our star” ??? Excuse my Astrophysics qualification here… But when a star burns out and its ‘mass’ collapses under gravitational forces isn’t it better known as a “Black Hole” ??

The Chancellor’s role was not a commercial enterprise.. A rather ‘Sycophantic’ appearance of our Lyme Green Cllr on BBC Sunday Politics, did nothing to reassure anyone other than Tory Cllrs (Not Tory Voters) that this London Centric purely financial decision was acceptable conduct.

Do the honourable thing George ! your only hanging in there for the pension now !
Alan Brough
Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 9:46 pm
This is not without precedent. Tatton Conservatives also stood four-square behind Neil Hamilton in 1996.

So, the Tatton Tories are complicit in Osbornes contempt for local people? It's good that they've made their position clear........and we can vote accordingly.
Vic Barlow
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 3:39 pm
For God's sake find yourselves a good Independent who is genuinely interested in the good people of Tatton and has the time commitment and passion for the job.
This old fashioned elitism is way past its sell-by date
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 4:07 pm
Your having a laff surely? The trouble here in Wilmslow, is that put a chimpanzee up as a tory candidate & give it a blue rosette, then bingo it will get in despite having jobs checking bananas. To support Osborne you are surely bananas! The only reason one Tory was kicked out here was the incoming independent was a tv personality. Mmmm. I wonder if The housewives of Cheshire would fancy the job.
Seriously Osborne. If you stand again, then don't hold your breath mate. Just pack your bags and go.
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 4:38 pm
Why all the hullabaloo? In Tatton we have not had an MP since 2004 when George Osborne became a shadow minister. With the exception of the period 1997-2001 (Martin Bell) we hadn't had an effective representative since before 1983. Those like Osborne and Hamilton as career politicians were never going to put their ascension (and descent) of the slippery political pole over their constituency. In the words of Gilbert and Sullivan "I always voted at my party's call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all". Any constituency that is a safe seat for one of the major political parties is very likely to have the interest of the party put over that of the voters as candidates are cherry picked for the seat.

I do wonder if Osborne will now be far more effective through his editorialship of the Evening Standard in holding the government to account than the current opposition.
Gerald Norden
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 5:29 pm
Almost 200K constituents bothered to sign a petition NOT exactly praising George, yet it has been clearly shown that the mentality of the members of the Tatton Conservative Party, meeting in a cricket club indicate they are on a different planet??
Chris Boothman
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 5:34 pm
"Star" really. This just confirms my suspicion that some Tories would vote for a hat stand if a blue rosette stuck on it.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 6:05 pm
If i recall back to Cash Hamilton... TatTories supported Cash... and when it all went Banzai at least one of them had the good grace to step down... I cant see that happening here ! ... No wonder Private Eye and the press are having a field day with this !! .. Existentialism is a great thing ! Egotism... Maybe not so !!... but if the hat fits... !
John Clegg
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 7:12 pm
One of the local rags had his reported quote as a headline, something like "I intend to stay as your town MP".
Well, how arrogant.
You might not have the final say.
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 8:31 pm
@Gerard Norden - it wasn't 200,000 constituents, they were from all over the country. Tatton only has around 65,000 electors.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 30th March 2017 at 7:57 am
He is just the same as those lefties Kinnock (and family), Mandelson and (slightly less left), Blair using their experience of public office to line their deep pockets. At least Osborne has the decency to take private cash but time to go Gideon.
Allan Dawson
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 8:47 am
Like I put on Facebook when it first came round.."put a blue rosette on a donkey and they'd vote for it here"..Things were a lot better when Martin Bell was here..Vic Barlow is right..We need an Independent!
Peter Croome
Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 5:25 pm
Unanimous backing for G. Osborne - how many people at the meeting of Tatton Conservatives About 100?
Nick Jones
Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 7:05 pm
@Peter ... Good point ! ... The unelected minority representing themselves and not their voting majority.... reminds me that Claudio Ranieri following his success recently got a similar vote of unwavering support and confidence from the Leicester board ... Ooops !!... Tattories ..Only going to show that democracy is about counting heads regardless of content.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 2:45 pm
Like the commentators above I am dubious about the rush by Tatton Tories to beatify those of their own number by heaping praise upon them, this has back-fired in the past.
After all it was reported in the press (on the 16th December 2015, when Speaking about Cllr Michael Jones' resignation over the "Physiogate" affair) Wilmslow Tory Councillor Rod Menlove said he "didn't see what a further investigation into the awarding of the contracts would achieve".
He explained: "There has already been an internal and an external audit done by Grant Thornton and they found nothing, so I don't see what another report would achieve.

Cllr. Menlove went on to say: "He (Michael Jones) is a man of enormous energy who has dedicated seven days and brought in millions of pounds to Cheshire East. I am disappointed that he feels he needs to go." (sic).

The Police investigation continues and further developments may be expected.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 11:49 am
... And now we have a General Election ........ A chance to address some of the conduct and conflict issues reported in these many pages !!

Anyone have Martin Bell's phone number ??
Mark Russell
Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 12:07 pm
Big u turn!! He's just resigned...........
Nick Jones
Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 12:08 pm
... And now the Star ... Stands down ...

So .. George is gone... to his other 5 jobs

Martin Bells number ?? Anybody ??