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George Osborne

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Osborne in 2015
First Secretary of State
In office
8 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by William Hague
Succeeded by Damian Green
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
11 May 2010 – 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Alistair Darling
Succeeded by Philip Hammond
Member of Parliament
for Tatton
In office
7 June 2001 – 3 May 2017
Preceded by Martin Bell
Succeeded by Esther McVey
Personal details
Born
Gideon Oliver Osborne

23 May 1971 (1971-05-23) (age 50)
London, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
Frances Howell
(m. 1998; sep. 2019)
Children 2
Education Magdalen College, Oxford
Signature
b. Office vacant from 13 July 2016 to 11 June 2017.

George Gideon Oliver Osborne CH (born Gideon Oliver Osborne; 23 May 1971) is a British politician and newspaper editor who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016 in the Cameron government. A member of the Conservative Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatton from 2001 to 2017. He has been editor-in-chief of the London Evening Standard since 2020, having been its editor from 2017 to 2020.

The son of Osborne & Little co-founder Peter Osborne, Osborne was born in Paddington and educated at Norland Place School, Colet Court and St Paul's School before studying at Magdalen College, Oxford. After working briefly as a freelancer for The Daily Telegraph, he joined the Conservative Research Department in 1994 and became head of its political section. He went on to be a special adviser to Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Douglas Hogg and work for John Major at 10 Downing Street, including on Major's unsuccessful 1997 general election campaign. In Opposition, he worked as a speechwriter and political secretary to Major's successor as party leader, William Hague.

Osborne was elected as MP for Tatton in 2001, becoming the youngest Conservative member of the House of Commons. He was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Conservative leader Michael Howard in 2004. The following year he ran David Cameron's successful party leadership campaign. Cameron then appointed him Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and, after the 2010 general election, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Cameron–Clegg coalition. After the Conservatives won an overall majority in the 2015 general election, Cameron reappointed him Chancellor in his second government and gave him the additional title of First Secretary of State, succeeding William Hague. As Chancellor, Osborne pursued austerity policies aimed at reducing the budget deficit and launched the Northern Powerhouse initiative. He was widely viewed as a potential successor to David Cameron as Leader of the Conservative Party; one Conservative MP suggested that the closeness of his relationship with Cameron meant that the two effectively shared power during the duration of the Cameron governments. Following the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union and Cameron's consequent resignation, he was dismissed by newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May.

Osborne served on the backbenches for a year before leaving public office at the 2017 general election. He has been chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) since 2016 and a partner and chairman of venture capital firm 9Yards Capital since 2018. Osborne was editor of the London Evening Standard from 2017 to 2020 before becoming editor-in-chief of the newspaper.

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