Tatton Conservatives stand by their 'star' as 192,000 call on Osborne to pick a job


Over 192,000 people have signed a petition calling for George Osborne to either stand down as an MP or quit his new job as editor of the Evening Standard.

The online petition, called 'George Osborne MP - Pick A Job' was set up by the campaign group 38 Degrees.

On their website they state the petition is important because "George Osborne has just accepted a job as editor of the Evening Standard. But he's already got a full-time job as an MP, representing tens of thousands of people who live in his constituency, including me.

"It's not appropriate for someone to be a member of the government and also control a huge amount of the media. George Osborne needs to pick a job.

"The Evening Standard newspaper said its publication schedule "will enable Mr Osborne to edit the paper and continue to fulfil his other commitments, including as an MP; giving him the time to vote and contribute in parliament in the afternoon after the paper has gone to print, and be in his constituency."

"But what about when he needs to be an MP in the morning? No other full-time job would let you just work afternoons. And when it comes to standing up for constituents - helping someone in need or providing vital support to struggling families - that should always be George Osborne's number one priority."

Meanwhile Tatton Conservatives have confirmed their complete support for George Osborne, who has stated he fully intends to remain as Tatton MP and serve his constituents, at their annual meeting on Friday, 24th March.

George Osborne said "We had a great annual meeting tonight. I'm so grateful for the overwhelming support I got from Tatton Conservatives. It's a huge honour to be the local MP here."

Patti Goddard, President of the Tatton Conservative Association - "We've just had our annual meeting of the Tatton Conservatives. It was incredibly positive. There was unanimous support among the members for our local MP, George Osborne.

"He's always been able to work hard as a local MP as well as being a big figure on the national stage - whether as Chancellor or an editor. We've got complete confidence in his ability to do so in the future. He's our star."

George Osborne, Tatton Conservatives


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alan Brough
Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 8:18 am
This is not without precedent. Tatton Conservatives also stood four-square behind Neil Hamilton in 1996.

So, the Tatton Tories are complicit in Osbornes contempt for local people? It's best that we know and can vote accordingly.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 3:50 pm
I ignore most political statements.
David Hadfield
Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 3:43 pm
So, up to 100 loyal Conservative Osborne supporters backed him at their recent Annual Meeting at Tatton Conservatives HQ ...... of course they did !
Of course the Osborne supporters backed him. They think he's a star.

What about the 192,000 who want him to drop ONE of his two big jobs, namely Tatton MP or forthcoming Editor of the London Evening Standard.
(Never mind the other lucrative part-time jobs he's taken on)

However, there are many thousands of his own Tatton constituents who would like him to clear off because he will not be able to do a good job for his constituents by dividing his time between Tatton MP and London Editor

I'd prefer to call him "Chancer" instead of ex Chancellor.
Mark Eden
Saturday 1st April 2017 at 8:13 am
Oh what pleasure it gave me when we won on June 23rd 2016. George Osbourne is little more than New Labour. Out of touch and living in la la land. Massive economic shock. Emergency budget............and no contrition whatsoever for all his lies. Under his stewardship our national debt grew to £1.8 trillion..........but hey no worries he's got loads of jobs. He is all the reasons I voted Leave and I'm a Tory!.........well just about.

Dear George - do us a favour and "Leave" Tatton