Updated: George Osborne too busy writing his book to meet with constituents


MP George Osborne has refused to meet with a group of local constituents as he is too busy writing his book.

Wilmslow resident Stuart Regard recently contacted the Tatton MP to request a meeting to discuss the future of Britain after Brexit.

Mr Redgard, along with some other local residents is a member of the campaign group 38 Degrees, whose 300 members have drawn up a document entitled 'The People Powered Vision for Brexit'.

He wrote to George Osborne on 20th February saying "We've voted on our main hopes and concerns for when we leave the EU casting over ten million votes between us. We would really welcome the opportunity to discuss this document with you and get your opinion on the views of hundreds of thousands of people."

38 Degrees members across the UK have been meeting their MPs to discuss the 'People Powered Vision for Brexit'. We understand Liam Fox, Jeremy Hunt and Philip Hammond are among the MPs who have read and discussed the document with their own constituents.

Mr Redgard continued "We are happy to meet with you at a regular surgery appointment, but would also welcome having a longer meeting with you if you're able to accommodate this. Ideally there will be between four and five of us in attendance with an even split of Leave and Remain voters."

A member of staff from George Osborne's office, responded on 7th March saying "Thank you for contacting Mr Osborne. Sadly, his diary is very committed as he is writing his book to a deadline. Unfortunately, we cannot arrange a time for you to meet just now."

Mr Regard commented "I think this just represents his severe under performance in representing his constituents."

Updated: Wednesday, 22nd March

We have received the following clarification from the Office of George Osborne MP -

"This email was sent to a constituent in error by a new member of staff who was declining a large number of requests from non-constituents. When she realised her mistake, she immediately contacted the constituent to apologise and explain that his email would be responded to by Mr Osborne. This was a genuine administrative error made when the office was under extreme pressure and we apologise for any confusion caused."

George Osborne


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Fenton Simpson
Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 4:25 pm
No surprise here you cant see your MP in Tatton. He's too busy lining his pockets with other jobs.
Alan Brough
Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 5:33 pm
His position is untenable - the longer he leaves it (before doing the decent thing and standing down) the more damage he will do to the Conservative vote in the area.

Probably not a great issue with a guaranteed Conservative seat like Tatton, but after the boundary changes....?

Having said that, even without the boundary changes I don't think that Osborne would win the support of Tatton voters again
Catherine Simpson
Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 5:52 pm
At least they got a response. I requested an appointment at one of his constituency surgerys back in the days when he only had one or two jobs and was met with stoney silence.
Helen Gaughan
Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 10:19 pm
George 6 jobs needs to decide how far up we are on his list of priorities , or how far down ..... No doubt his sheer arrogance will not mean that he will not resign his Parliamentary post with dignity ...... Maybe we should lobby Tatton HQ for a vote of no confidence , or similar ?? I wonder what the True-Blue Tory hardcore make of all his shenanigans ???
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 10:14 am
@ Helen, don't expect any answer from Tatton Conservative HQ, they don't appear to have any news worth featuring on their website since 2015!
See here:

Even George's own website has no mention of any of his recent shenanigans: