George Osborne has announced he will quit as MP for the Cheshire constituency of Tatton following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap General Election.
Osborne, 45, sparked controversy when he accepted the editorship of the London Evening Standard, despite being a serving MP for a Northern constituency.
In a letter to Conservatives in the constituency, he wrote: “I am stepping down from the House of Commons – for now. But I will remain active in the debate about our country’s future and on the issues I care about, like the success of the Northern Powerhouse.
“I want a Britain that is free, open, diverse and works with other nations to defend our democratic values in the world. I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper. It’s still too early to be writing my memoirs.”
“At the age of 45, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life just being an ex-Chancellor. I want new challenges.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to edit the Evening Standard. I’ve met the team there, and their energy and commitment to this great newspaper are positively infectious.”
He promised his editorship would give the public “straight facts and informed opinion to help them to make the big decisions Britain now faces about the kind of country we want to be. That starts with the coverage of this general election.”
Mr Osborne has been an MP for 16 years and was the youngest Tory MP of his generation in 2001.