May Twice Refuses to Say Hammond Won’t Be Sacked

Asked by both the BBC and then ITV whether Philip Hammond would be staying as Chancellor after the election, Theresa May refused to back him. The second time she just let Hammond answer for himself. Asked a third time to give an endorsement of the Chancellor, May replied: “Happy to do so. We’ve worked together for many years, longer than we would care to identify”. Which is the opposite of ringing. May and Hammond called a press conference to talk about Jeremy Corbyn and ended up with a story about the Chancellor fighting for his career… So much for strong and stable…




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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