MPs attack George Osborne over claims he wants her 'chopped up in his freezer'

Posted On: 
14th September 2017

MPs have hit out at George Osborne after he reportedly told friends he want the Prime Minister "chopped up in bags in [his] freezer".

George Osborne has been a vocal critic of Theresa May
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The Evening Standard editor is said to have made the comments to “more than one person”, according to a profile in Esquire magazine.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary, told The Times the comment was “irresponsible” when women in public abuse face such “vile abuse”.

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Head of the women and equalities committee Maria Miller told the paper: “We need to debate with facts not vile personal abuse.”

Mr Osborne has been a prominent critic of the Prime Minister since taking up his role at the Standard in May after she sacked him when she entered Downing Street last summer.

An editorial in the paper described the Tory commitment to reduce migration to the tens of thousands as “economically illiterate”, insisting no-one else in the Cabinet agrees with it.

Appearing on ITV on the night of the general election, he described Mrs May as a “dead woman walking” after the exit poll showed she would lose her Commons majority.

Just last week, he accused the Prime Minister of using "false information" to justify her crackdown on foreign students who overstay their visas.

And last month, another Standard editorial likened Mr May’s premiership to a “second rate horror film” after she insisted she will lead the Conservatives into the next election.

When asked about the freezer comments, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “The contents of the former chancellor’s freezer are not a matter for me.”