GEORGE Osborne will remain as chancellor until the next general election in 2015, David Cameron insisted last night.
In a bid to quash speculation that Osborne would be moved in his September reshuffle, the Prime Minister insisted that the chancellor had his “full support”.
Pressed on whether Osborne would be chancellor at the next election, due in 2015, Cameron told Sky News: “He’s not going anywhere … yes.”
Last week’s disastrous growth figures which showed the UK economy sliding deeper into recession led to calls from within the Conservative Party for Osborne to be replaced as chancellor or stripped of his job as head of election strategy.
However, Cameron stopped short of offering the same reassurances for secretary of state for culture, media and sport Jeremy Hunt – under pressure for his handling of News Corp’s takeover bid for BSkyB.