George Osborne threatened to vote Lib Dem in the general election (Image: Surrey Advertiser)
In a magazine article, the former Tory chancellor admitted being tempted to back his local Lib Dem candidate Sam Gyimah, who defected to Jo Swinson’s party after losing the Tory whip. Mr Osborne said he was torn between supporting the “bright and sensible” candidate or sticking with the Tories out of loyalty at the poll on December 12. “We’ll see, but old habits die hard,” he wrote in an article for the Spectator magazine, while warning that the Tories were “wayward” and had “strayed from the mainstream.”
Mr Osborne, who is now editor of London’s Evening Standard newspaper after quitting Westminster, was the architect of the Treasury’s anti-Brexit campaign in the run up to the 2016 EU referendum.
He said the coming election would mark the first time he had voted in a marginal seat as the Tories and Lib Dems both had realistic hopes of winning the Labour-held constituency.
In a swipe at his former party, Mr Osborne wrote: “I’ve had more leaflets