Ex-Chancellor George Osborne announces divorce from his author wife Frances after 21 years of marriage

The former chancellor, George Osborne who is now editor of London’s Evening Standard and his author wife Frances have announced their divorce after 21-years of marriage.

The statement issued on Monday evening said: “George and Frances Osborne have sadly decided to divorce after 21 years of marriage said they remain ‘good friends’ and are ‘jointly devoted’ to their children Liberty and Luke.

The couple met at a friend’s house over Sunday lunch, before getting married in 1998. Frances Osborne, the daughter of former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Howell, is a successful writer.

Her best-selling books include The Bolter, a biography of her great-grandmother, the English aristocrat Idina Sackville.

Mrs Osborne, nee Howell, attend the independent Marlborough College and Oxford University before training as a barrister, is the daughter of Conservative former minister Lord Howell of Guildford.

Osborne, who served as Chancellor of the Exchquer between 2010 and 2016, stood down as MP for Tatton two years ago and has gone on to hold a number of other roles.

During his editorship he has served as a dean’s fellow at the Stanford Graduate School for Business, an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester, and a fellow at the McCain Institute in Washington DC.


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