George Osborne jumps first hurdle to Evening Standard editorship: Tatton Conservatives

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Osborne will continue as an MP while editing the Evening Standard (Source: Getty)

Former chancellor George Osborne moved a step closer to becoming the next editor of the London Evening Standard after his local constituency party backed his move.

Osborne addressed the Tatton Conservative constituency association on Friday night, according to the Guardian, receiving their backing for him to take on the role while still serving as an MP.

Patty Goddard, president of the association, told the Guardian: "You could feel the support in the room."

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Osborne shocked observers in the media and political worlds after it was announced last week he would take over from Sarah Sands as editor of the London paper.

Osborne has since faced questions as to how he will balance four days a week of work as editor with one day a week of work for asset management giant Blackrock, where he will earn £650,000 a year.

The House of Commons standards committee will scrutinise whether Osborne's multiple roles are appropriate, while his successor as chancellor, Philip Hammond, will have a say on the recommendation of civil servant watchdog Acoba, the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

The former chancellor also has jobs as the chairman of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a fellow at the McCain Institute, a US think tank, and regular, lucrative speaking engagements.

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