This afternoon, for over 35 minutes, the House of Commons was graced by a very special visitor: George Osborne. These days, sadly, the former chancellor’s busy schedule rarely permits him to participate in parliamentary debate, what with his commitments as chairman of the RSPB, presenter of MasterChef and Archbishop of York, but today he took a break from compiling the Norton Anthology of 21st Century Verse to look in on the chamber.
MPs were no doubt delighted to see him, because it just so happened that he was the subject under discussion. Andrew Gwynne (Lab, Denton & Reddish) wanted to know how it could possibly be right for Mr Osborne to take on his latest role – editor of London’s Evening Standard newspaper – while remaining MP for Tatton in Cheshire.
“To hold several time-consuming outside commitments” that created conflicts of interest with an MP’s duties, protested Mr Gwynne, was “impossible...
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