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‘This is a joke’: Jeremy Corbyn reacts to George Osborne becoming editor of Evening Standard

Exclusive: Labour leader says London needs a full-time editor

17 March, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the Evening Standard‘s appointment of former Tory Chancellor and sitting MP George Osborne as its editor as “a joke”.

When told of the news by the Tribune this morning (Friday), the Islington North MP said incredulously: “This is a joke”.

He added: “This is taking multi-tasking to a whole new level. Surely a newspaper like the Evening Standard deserves a full time editor. Never mind one who is so obviously biased against the voting intentions of the vast majority of Londoners.”

The Evening Standard said it was “delighted” to announce the appointment of George Osborne as its new editor to succeed Sarah Sands this morning.

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

The Standard’s 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, the paper said in a press release. He will edit the paper an average of four days a week.

Mr 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.”

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