The former chancellor of the exchequer discussed with LBC’s Ruth Davidson the highs and lows of his political career. Reflecting on the early years of his career George Osborne explained how in his mid-twenties he would mimic Tony Blair when helping the then Leader of the Opposition William Hague prepare. Ms Davidson then managed to convince the Editor of the Evening Standard to do an impression of Mr Blair.
The LBC host said: “You mentioned that New Labour victory of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
“You used to help William Hague prepare for Prime Minister’s Questions when you were still a researcher.
“You used to play Tony Blair in the scenario.
“He’s got a very distinct way of speaking, can you still mimic him?
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The former chancellor of the exchequer then said: “Well you know, a bit I guess” while trying to sound like the former Prime Minister.
Ms Davidson burst into laughter following the impression.
In the same interview Mr Osborne revealed the warning former Prime Minister John Major gave him in the aftermath of the Tories 1997 general election defeat to Tony Blair’s Labour Party.
George Osborne explained how in his mid-twenties he was sat down by Sir John Major and warned of the danger the far-right and Eurosceptics within the Conservative Party could pose to himself and future party leader William Hague.