George Osborne to sign up with same speaking agency as Bush and Blair
The Washington Speakers Bureau also has Sugar Ray Leonard and David Blaine on its books.
George Osborne has begun planning for life after the Treasury by looking to sign up with what may be the world’s most expensive public speaking agency.
The Washington Speakers Bureau represents some of the biggest political heavyweights alive today. According to the Washington Post, its list of exclusive clients “constitutes a parallel power structure of men and women who’ve led, managed and covered government”.
They include former heads of state such as George W. Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy, former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright and former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani. The bureau also boasts celebrity clients ranging from boxer Sugar Ray Leonard to magician David Blaine.
Brits on the client list include Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and John Major. And now Osborne is looking to get in on the lucrative act.
The former chancellor has applied to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and been given the go-ahead to get involved later this year.
A letter sent to Osborne by Acoba chair Baroness Browning noted that he wanted to “give speeches on the current political environment”.
The Tory MP has been given the green light subject to the usual conditions, such as a three month waiting period from his last day in ministerial office.
It means that Osborne is unlikely to be short of cash in future years. Depending on the level of interest from punters.
According to the Washington Post, former presidents and the market’s top attractions can hit the $200,000-to-$300,000 mark for a speech while other “big names” can expect to get more than $50,000.
Osborne is not universally known as one Westminster's leading after dinner speakers, but there have been encouraging signs in recent months. At the Westminster Correspondents’ Dinner in April the then chancellor won rave reviews from lobby journalists after he skewered a host of his fellow Tory MPs with a series of amusing jibes.