George Osborne has taken on another job where he will recieve a "stipend" to practice public speakin
The former Chancellor has become Arizona State University’s first Kissinger Fellow where he will be paid to sharpen his “skills as a statesman”.
Sources close to Osborne told the Daily Telegraph, he would receive a “stipend” as well as money to cover the cost of “staff support, travel, convening and conferencing costs.”
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The source added: “The Kissinger Fellowship is designed to help build the skills of statesmanship among already accomplished global leaders by supporting their efforts to tackle real-world challenges.
“The McCain Institute makes funds available for this purpose, which can include stipend, staff support, travel, convening and conferencing costs.”
In a bid to validate his role, Mr Osborne wrote a blog for the think-tank hours after his role was reportedly announced, which focused on the importance of accepting refugees.
During his time as Chancellor, Osborne faced heaps of pressure to help unaccompanied refugees. As a result, he backed a group of MPs who voted to reword an amendment to the immigration bill in 2016.
On Monday, Osborne attended the “Next Generation leaders dinner” in the US with Dr Kissinger and US Senator John McCain, which formed a part of his duties.
Last week it emerged the former chancellor had met with BlackRock executives five times during his final two years as Chancellor.
Osborne was alleged to have created a policy in the 2014 Budget which favoured the investment firm in order to “swoop into Britain’s pensions market”, according to Financial Times.
John Mann, Labour MP and member of the Treasury Select Committee said: “This looks very bad. It is outrageous if he makes any contact at all with Bank of England, the regulator or the Treasury. George Osborne is trading on his ministerial contacts boo.”
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