News that former Chancellor George Osborne has been appointed as the next editor of the London Evening Standard has surprised most.
The Tory MP for Tatton, Cheshire, visited Standard staff today at their office in Northcliffe House, High Street Kensington.
It is understood that staff on the Standard and Independent, which is also owned by Evgeny Lebedev, have been told not to tweet about Osborne’s appointment.
One anonymous insider told Press Gazette the newsroom had been “stunned” at the “mad” announcement.
Reactions on Twitter included some noting that Osborne had been rejected for traineeships by the Times and Economist.