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Government departments to be asked to detail advertising spending with London newspaper as row over former chancellor’s job as editor rumbles on

George Osborne’s appointment at the London Evening Standard while remaining a Conservative MP could be a potential conflict of interest with government advertising budgets, Labour has said.

The row came as former prime minister Tony Blair praised the appointment, saying he hoped it would be a good move for the MP. “I don’t know if having both of those jobs is doable, but it’s a great thing for the Evening Standard,” Blair told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. “Why not? He’s a highly capable guy and it’ll make politics more interesting.”

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