The Rt Hon George Osborne

Biography

George Osborne served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from May 2010 until July 2016. He was also First Secretary of State from May 2015 until July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Tatton, Cheshire in June 2001.

Education

He was born and educated in London, studying modern history at Oxford University.

Political career

George worked as Political Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition before being elected to Parliament. He entered Parliament as the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons.

After serving on the Public Accounts Committee and holding a number of shadow ministerial posts, he was appointed to the position of Shadow Chancellor in 2005, aged 33, where he served opposite Chancellors Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling until 2010.

In 2005 he successfully ran David Cameron’s campaign to become Leader of the Conservative Party. Following the 2010 Election he was part of the small Conservative negotiating team during the discussions that led to the formation of the Coalition Government. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from May 2010 until July 2016.

He was the youngest Chancellor to take office since Randolph Churchill in 1886.

Personal life

George is married to the writer Frances Osborne. They have 2 children.

Previous roles in government

  1. First Secretary of State
  2. Chancellor of the Exchequer

Announcements

  1. UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest
  2. West Midlands devolution deals
  3. Devolution to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and transition to a directly elected mayor
  4. London health devolution agreement
  5. Bank of England Bill: technical consultation
  6. LIBOR fines to be used to support military charities and Royal Voluntary Service
  7. Chancellor kickstarts work on building stronger economic and trade relationships with Britain’s closest international partners
  8. Statement from the Chancellor and international investment banks on London as a world leading financial centre
  9. Transport Secretary announces proposed site for Operation Stack lorry area
  10. Statement from the Chancellor and main British banks and building society on maintaining support for households and businesses