George Osborne to end pre-briefing of budget with press following Evening Standard Twitter leak

It has been revealed that George Osborne will no longer provide press with a pre-briefing of core details of the budget, after the Evening Standard accidentally tweeted a picture of its front page too early.

The announcement follows a report into the incident, which took place in March, with Osborne saying that he is sure that the new proposal will prevent this error from happening again.

The report said: "The Evening Standard, having received prior information as to the content of the budget, prepared its edition. Its usual practice is to publish its front page electronically via Twitter ahead of physical copies being available in the afternoon.

"It appears that due to error this electronic publication was not delayed, and so went into the public domain before the Chancellor's speech."

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