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Former Chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of London Evening Standard newspaper.

The Conservative MP will succeed Sarah Sands, who is leaving to become editor of the BBC’s Today programme.

The BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan said Mr Osborne intended to stay on as MP for Tatton.

Mr Osborne was sacked as chancellor after Theresa May became prime minister in June.

Mr Rajan said the appointment was a “fantastic coup” for the newspaper but would “take a considerable amount of people as surprise”.

He said it would be a “big challenge” for Mr Osborne to persuade his constituents in Cheshire that he could continue representing them.

Mr Osborne will address staff at the newspaper, run by Russian entrepreneur Eugene Lebedev, later on Friday. The newspaper has a circulation of 850,000 to 900,000 copies a day, having become a free title in 2010.