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Star Wars is a 'force' for UK jobs

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed a decision to film the new Star Wars movie in England as a major jobs boost for Britain's creative industries.

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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.

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