Twenty-five years in financial services. Senior Compliance Officer and Head of Corporate Compliance. Deputy Financial Institutions Director. These are some of the jobs held by Andrea Leadsom. Her City experience is extensive, but the Mail is attacking her as not experienced enough for the leadership.I don’t think Paul Dacre should worry. George Osborne is Chancellor and he only got O Level Maths. His experience before he went into politics is hardly dazzling. He is bizarrely underqualified for the role of Chancellor. For a while, he worked as a data research clerk for the NHS and as a towel folder at Selfridges. He worked on the Telegraph as a temp, but failed the Times interview, before he went into politics.
David Cameron fares little better. His only job outside politics was in PR, He was head of Corporate Affairs at Carlton TV before he went into politics. What earthly use is that?
Between 1977 and 1983 Theresa May worked at the Bank of England, and from 1985 to 1997 as a financial consultant and senior advisor in International Affairs at the Association for Payment Clearing Services. hardly riveting stuff. At uni, she studied Geography,
Of all of them, Andrea Leadsom’s is the most stellar career. She has had more life experience than many PMs. Surely the question Paul Dacre should be investigating is how on earth did someone as ill equipped for the job as George Osborne end up as Chancellor?