George Osborne to edit London’s Evening Standard newspaper

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne prepares to speak at a news conference in central London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool

George Osborne, who lost his job as British finance minister after the EU referendum in June, was appointed editor of London’s Evening Standard, the newspaper’s owner Evgeny Lebedev said on Friday.

“I am proud to have an editor of such substance, who reinforces The Standard’s standing and influence in London,” Lebedev tweeted.

“And whose political viewpoint – socially liberal and economically pragmatic – closely matches that of many of our readers.”

Osborne, who remains a lawmaker, joined investment group BlackRock Inc as an advisor last month.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)