Former chancellor George Osborne has defended his appointment at the Evening Standard in a letter to constituents in Tatton

 
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Osborne was appointed as Evening Standard editor last week. (Source: Getty)

Former chancellor George Osborne has issued an open letter to his constituents defending his new role as editor of the Evening Standard.

Osborne, who represents the Cheshire constituency of Tatton in parliament, was named as the London paper's new editor last week.

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But he has faced criticism over both the potential for conflicts of interest with his present advisory role at BlackRock, and limitations on his ability to represent his constituents.

Writing an open letter in the Knutsford Guardian, Osborne cited historical precedents of politicians working in journalism, including foreign secretary and former London mayor Boris Johnson, and said he wished to continue to play a role in debates about the future of the UK as a whole.

"One of the greatest newspaper editors ever, CP Scott, combined editing the Manchester Guardian with being an MP. In our age, politicians from Iain Macleod and Richard Crossman to, of course, Boris Johnson have combined the role of editor and Member of Parliament," Osborne said.

"Meanwhile the hard work in the constituency continues unaffected," he added, further reiterating his commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

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"I believe this diversity of experience makes our parliament stronger. I hope you agree and I look forward to continuing to hear what you have to say and to work with you on the problems we face and the great future we can all build," Osborne said.

It comes after Osborne yesterday defended his appointment in the House of Commons.

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