George Osborne to become economics professor

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Former chancellor George Osborne is to accrue his sixth job since leaving office with the University of Manchester appointing him as an honourary professor of economics.

Osborne will deliver several lectures a year as part of his new role, the Financial Times reports.

The role builds on his work on the Northern Powerhouse, which attempts to rebalance the economy away from London.

Osborne already chairs business lobby group the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. He is also editor of the Evening Standard, an adviser to BlackRock, a fellow at the McCain Institute and makes lucrative speeches as part of the Washington Speaker’s Bureau.

Osborne says he is “bowled over” by the honour.

“The University of Manchester was at the centre of so many things I tried to achieve as chancellor, from the promotion of new science to the building of the links between this country and countries like China. It is also one of the jewels in the crown of the Northern Powerhouse.”