George Osborne has another new job

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George Osborne has added yet another string to his bow and taken on a sixth job.

The former chancellor has been appointed as an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester, the Financial Times reported.

This is in addition to his role as Evening Standard editor, Blackrock adviser, leader of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, fellow at the McCain Institute - and of course, his after-dinner speaker gig.

He will take up his new, unpaid role in July.

"I am bowled over by this honour. The University of Manchester was at the centre of so many things I tried to achieve as chancellor, from the promotion of new science to the building of the links between this country and countries like China. It is also one of the jewels in the crown of the Northern Powerhouse," Osborne said.

"I remain completely committed to that idea that together the different communities in the North can work together so that the whole is greater than the parts - and I believe more strongly than I ever did that the entire county, including our capital, would benefit from a stronger North. That's why I remain closely involved as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership - and look forward to playing a part in the life of The University of Manchester."

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester said: "George’s decision to accept our offer of an honorary professorship is very exciting news for the university. He has been a leader at the top level of UK and world economic policy for many years and showed the vision to recognise the enormous economic and scientific potential of graphene to the UK.

"Our students and staff will benefit from all of this experience and he will be invaluable in helping the university to support the growth of our city and region."

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