Osborne Adds Economics Professor to Post-Treasury Job Portfolio

  • Ex-chancellor joins Manchester University in honorary role
  • Osborne already edits London newspaper, advises Blackrock

Former Chancellor George Osborne.

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Former U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne was appointed honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester as he added another role to his portfolio of jobs since quitting frontline politics.

Osborne, who stepped down as a lawmaker before this month’s general election, is already editor of London’s Evening Standard newspaper, a 650,000-pounds-a-year ($840,000) adviser to BlackRock Inc. and has a lucrative career as a public speaker. The role in Manchester is linked to his chairmanship of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which aims to boost the economies of northern England.

“He will be sharing his knowledge with staff and students by giving lectures, masterclasses and conducting informal visits,” the university said in a statement. Osborne joins other visiting professors including Jim O’Neill and Howard Bernstein, “who are able to share unparalleled experience of economics, and local and national government,” it said.

Osborne was chancellor from 2010 until Theresa May fired him when she became prime minister in the wake of last year’s Brexit referendum. He has used his editorship of the Standard to criticize her leadership and argue for a business-friendly divorce from the European Union.

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