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Ilford North MP Wes Streeting slams George Osborne’s appointment as Evening Standard editor: Bad news for the reputation of politics and journalism

PUBLISHED: 13:13 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 17 March 2017

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting

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Wes Streeting has slammed George Osborne’s surprise appointment as Evening Standard editor saying it is “bad news” for politics and journalism.

The former chancellor was announced as the next editor of London’s daily newspaper, which shocked politicians and journalists across the capital and beyond.

Speaking as chairman of the London Group of Labour MPs, the Ilford North representative said: “This appointment is bad news for the reputation of politics, journalism and the relationship between the two.”

Mr Osborne will keep his job as MP for Tatton, in Cheshire, and Mr Streeting argued this was a “conflict of interest”.

He added: “At risk of never receiving favourable coverage again in the Standard again, this is a real disservice to Tatton and to professional journalism.

“He simply cannot continue as an MP while editing a daily newspaper.”

Mr Streeting also raised concerns that Labour councils, such as Redbridge, would receive unfair coverage.

In a statement the Standard said: “The Standard’s 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.

“He will edit the paper an average of four days a week.”

Mr Osborne said: “This is such an exciting and challenging job and I’m thrilled to take it on.

“I am proud to be a Conservative MP, but as editor and leader of a team of dedicated and independent journalists, our only interest will be to give a voice to all Londoners.”

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