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Osborne shows his relaxed side over Star Wars

Chancellor George Osborne could not stop himself from making a joke after announcing that the new Star Wars film would be made in the UK – and found it quite funny.

He said: “It’s great news that one of the most famous film franchises is coming to the United Kingdom...

“I got personally involved in trying to persuade the Lucasfilm to bring Star Wars to the UK so I’m absolutely delighted.

“And it looks like the force is strong with this one.”

Labour's Chuka Umunna hails Star Wars boost

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has joined Chancellor George Osborne in welcoming the announcement that the new Star Wars film will be made in the UK.

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1/2 For once I agree with George Osborne - its fantastic news for our creative industries that the new Star Wars film is to be made here

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2/2 @harrietharman has set out our 5 point plan for the creative industries. My favourite of the Star Wars films: The Empire Strikes Back!

Han Solo fan Osborne hails Star Wars confidence boost

Played by Harrison Ford, the Chancellor's beloved Han Solo is a smuggler who joins the rebel alliance to topple the galactic empire. Credit: Film Fox/DPA/PA Wire

Chancellor George Osborne has said the return of the Star Wars franchise to Britain is a "fantastic vote of confidence" for the UK and its creative industries.

Speaking at the meeting of G7 finance ministers in Buckinghamshire, Mr Osborne was also pressed on his favourite Star Wars character.

"The specific answer to your question is of course Han Solo," he told reporters.

Osborne wants more British-made box office films

The much-anticipated seventh episode of the Star Wars series will begin production in Britain next year. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Chancellor George Osborne met with Lucasfilm representatives earlier this year to work on a deal to make the latest Star Wars film in the UK.

Hailing the decision as a fresh coup for British tax breaks, Mr Osborne said the "announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries".

He went on: "It is clear evidence that our incentives are attracting the largest studios back to the UK. I am personally committed to seeing more great films and television made in Britain."

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