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Beginning his political career as the youngest Conservative member of the House of Commons, George Osborne became MP for the Cheshire constituency of Tatton in 2001 and remained as such until 2017. He gained a reputation for political acumen and ability to second guess his opponents early in his career, and within four years he was being talked about as a future party leader.
Osborne served as Chancellor of the Exchequer [Minister of Finance] under his close confidant David Cameron from 2010-2016 and as First secretary of State 2015-2016. At a time of financial uncertainty his priorities began with developing policies to reduce the national debt including the subsequent the pursuit of austerity. George Osborne has been quoted as saying ‘Good politics follow good economics’. He went on to cut government spending, cut business taxes and regulation.
Osborne was credited with forging a new economic relationship with China, an overhaul of the UK pension and welfare systems and was a founder of twenty-first century regeneration initiatives in the North of England via the ‘Northern Powerhouse’. He is currently Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a not for profit organisation established with business and civic leaders to promote economic development.
As a prominent campaigner for the UK to remain in the EU George Osborne resigned from government in July 2016 following the outcome of the referendum. On stepping down he did so at a time when UK enjoyed the strongest growth record in the G7 and the numbers of persons in employment was at an all-time high.
The Financial Times described George Osborne as ‘more than just a fiscal hard man’, and he is lots of things now. He is currently the inaugural Kissinger Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, an advisor to Blackrock, and perhaps initially most surprisingly, is editor of the London Evening Standard.
George Osborne has said his aim is for the paper is to fill ‘a big vacated space’ in the political landscape and make the newspaper a must read for political junkies for the first time in years. So far he is doing that rather well.
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