FORMER CHANCELLOR, George Osborne, has written an open letter to his Tatton constituents after his appointment as editor of the Evening Standard.
In the letter, Mr Osbourne, said that his “greatest honour’” was to serve the Cheshire constituency and maintains that his work will be ‘unaffected’ by his new job.
He states that for most of his time as MP he has held prominent positions within the opposition as Shadow Chancellor and also in the government as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and that his new job would not affect his duties as MP.
[pullquote]“I can never get through to him, he’s always busy” – Charlotte Peters Rock[/pullquote]
He said: “Throughout that time I’ve been able to help countless local people privately with their individual problems in the surgeries I’ve held and the efforts of my hard-working team in the office”
He also claims that his new job, and the diversity of experience that he will gain as a result, will be a bonus for Parliament, making it “stronger”.
In response to the letter, Charlotte Peters Rock, vice-chair for membership of the Labour Party’s Tatton branch, said: “In Knutsford, we have lost our intermediate care ward, our dementia care facilities and even our war memorial.
“We have food banks and homeless people in Northwich and he [Mr. Osborne] seems to think none of that exists.
“He is responsible for voting in a wrecking-spree nationally, as well as in this area, which will take an awfully long time to recover from.
“I can never get through to him, he’s always busy”
Time for Osborne to stand down. He's becoming less and less popular in #Tatton as proved by letters pages in local paper
— Knutsford Blogger (@knutsfordblog) March 17, 2017
While Gareth Wilson, Liberal Democrat chairman for the Tatton constituency, vowed to campaign to remove Osborne from office.
Meanwhile, Mr Osborne’s constituents have taken to social media to voice their opinions.
Knutsford resident, Linda Smith, tweeted, saying: “[Osborne] serves only one person – himself – certainly not his constituents #Tatton #Knutsford #OsborneResign”
Commenting on the Knutsford Guardian article, Geoff Holman said: “I don’t accept that SixJobs [Osborne] has been personally responsible for all the things he claims in his letter and I’ll never forgive him for his fervent support of HS2. A massive waste of a vast amount of taxpayers’ money.
Even former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, himself nicknamed “Two-Jags”, gave his opinion online.
I had Two Jags.
George Osborne has Six Jobs. pic.twitter.com/wavzJ4caLG
— John Prescott (@johnprescott) March 17, 2017
The former-Chancellor cited several “successes” of his sixteen-year-long career as member for Tatton, saying: “We’ve stopped the closure of the A&E Department at Macclesfield District Hospital, not once but twice. We’ve got the Alderley Edge bypass built, after people had been trying for 70 years. We’ve improved the direct train services, got great new facilities for our academy schools, and brought new businesses and new jobs to the area.”
Mr Osborne took over the position of MP for Tatton in 2001 from Independent MP, and prominent BBC war correspondent, Martin Bell OBE.
Mr Osborne’s office were unavailable for comment.