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George Osborne sendeth greeting

George Osborne sendeth greeting

Thanks to the detective work of public spirited blogger Stuart Long, the Treasury has revealed the archaic way in which the Chancellor grants the Chiltern Hundreds to MPs wishing to leave the Commons.  “To all to whom these Presents shall come, the Right Honourable George Osborne, Chancellor and Under Treasurer of Her Majesty's Exchequer, sendeth greeting,” it begins. “Know Ye, that I, the said Right Honourable George Osborne have constituted and appointed, and by these presents do constitute and appoint Denis MacShane to be Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern.” This strange document continues for another 400 words – you can read the whole thing on Mr Long’s blog.