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Ex-Mirror editor Paul Nuttall offers George Osborne journalism advice

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George Osborne and Paul Nuttall

Former Daily Mirror editor Paul Nuttall says he’s happy to give George Osborne some tips on how to run a newspaper.

UKIP leader Mr Nuttall says his journalistic experience could be invaluable to the former Chancellor, who was today inexplicably unveiled as the new editor of the London Evening Standard.

Mr Nuttall has become famous for telling tall tales about his past, but he insists his period as editor of one of Britain’s biggest-selling newspapers should not be overlooked.

A pal said: “No-one could believe it when George Osborne was named editor of the Standard – least of all the Standard’s staff, who might reasonably have expected their new editor to at least be a journalist.”

The friend continued: “However, Paul has already proved that politicians can make brilliant editors, and he’s willing to help George settle in, just as soon as he returns from his latest mission on the International Space Station.”

Meanwhile, the Suffolk Gazette is in early talks with Tony Blair to take over as editor.

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