George Osborne is letting down his Tatton constituents, says predecessor Martin Bell

George Osborne has been announced as the editor of the London Evening Standard

George Osborne will edit the London Evening Standard alongside his work as an MP

Monday, March 20, 2017

The man who preceded George Osborne as MP for Tatton says there's no way he can continue to fulfil his constituency responsibilities alongside his new role as editor of the London Evening Standard.

Osborne, the former chancellor of the exchequer, was announced as the new Standard editor last week, prompting widespread surprise and criticism.

Martin Bell, a former BBC war correspondent who won the seat of Tatton as an independent politician in 1997, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Osborne is spurning the needs of his constituents by taking a job in journalism - alongside his one-day-a-week post with US fund manager BlackRock.

Although a number of Tatton's Conservative councillors for Tatton told talkRADIO they had no problem with Osborne taking his new job, Bell suggested that in fact some constituents are very unhappy with their MP's new role.

However he said that he wouldn't ban all second jobs for MPs - the only thing he would do is tighten up the existing rules and ensure they are clearly defined.

Listen to the full interview above