Philip Hammond

First time buyers will welcome Hammond’s Budget, but not everyone will be quite so pleased

23 November 2017 16:47

Britain has waited 21 years for an Autumn Budget, but on the evidence we saw yesterday, Philip Hammond still needs…

Philip Hammond is not the man to take the battle to Jeremy Corbyn

22 November 2017 16:34

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Five things you need to know about Hammond’s Budget

22 November 2017 15:03

After months of Tory nerves, Philip Hammond has just finished presenting his Autumn Budget in the Chamber. Among the main…

The tin-eared chancellor: Philip Hammond’s ten worst gaffes

21 November 2017 16:46

Tomorrow is D-day for Philip Hammond. As the Chancellor puts the finishing touches to his Budget, Tory MPs wait nervously…

Philip Hammond’s driverless car U-turn

20 November 2017 10:29

On Sunday, Philip Hammond took both No 10 and No 11 by surprise with his interview on the Andrew Marr…

Sunday shows round-up: John McDonnell says Labour’s nationalisation programme is no ‘magic card trick’

19 November 2017 16:56

Philip Hammond – ‘We are delivering homes at record numbers’ Philip Hammond is set to deliver his second budget on…

The Spectator Podcast: Corbyn 2.0

16 November 2017 14:40

On this week’s episode we look at the social media revolution which could sweep the Tories away. We also discuss…

It’s not just the Green Belt that could cause a political row on housing

6 November 2017 15:35

The Conservatives are having yet another one of their Green Belt rows. Over the weekend, it was reported that Philip…

The Spectator Podcast: Save the children!

26 October 2017 15:26

On this week’s episode we look at whether the kids are alright or if we need to talk about their…

The Spectator Podcast: Brexit Wars

21 September 2017 15:24

On this week’s Spectator Podcast we look at the final Brexit war amongst the Conservatives. We also discuss the maverick politician…

Caption contest: Cabinet unity

21 September 2017 14:05

A week is a long time in politics. After Boris Johnson kicked off his working week with a 4,000 word…

Tories grow increasingly nervous about the Budget

12 September 2017 16:57

So long, public sector pay cap. After months of speculation – and some public Cabinet feuding – over the seven-year…

The Tories need to seem serious about balancing the books

1 August 2017 17:30

There are some things in life that you can always rely on: the sun will rise in the East, there…

What the papers say: Philip Hammond must ‘belt up’

1 August 2017 8:42

Philip Hammond, of all people, ought to ‘relish’ Brexit and the opportunity it will hand to Chancellors to set their own tax…

Philip Hammond creates a one-man Cabinet split over Brexit

31 July 2017 8:01

Leaving Philip Hammond in charge of the government was always going to be a risk because of his habit of putting…

The Cabinet’s Brexit position is transitioning

28 July 2017 17:53

Although this week has seen a divergence of views in the Cabinet over Brexit (not to mention Labour’s continuing Brexit confusion)…

This isn’t a Cabinet leak, it’s just good journalism

17 July 2017 10:31

I was on the radio this morning with David Mellor who accused the Cabinet of being appallingly ill-disciplined because of ‘leaks’…

Sunday shows round-up: Philip Hammond says public sector workers paid ‘10 per cent premium’

16 July 2017 16:31

Philip Hammond – Public sector workers paid ’10 per cent premium’ Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has landed himself…

Hammond must make sure his political tin ear doesn’t derail the government

15 July 2017 6:06

Philip Hammond has a bit of a political tin ear. He can be very unaware of how he sounds to…

Self-employed workers don’t need rescuing

11 July 2017 8:26

‘Workers,’ says Matthew Taylor, whose report into modern practices is published this week, ‘should be treated as human beings, not…

Philip Hammond holds his nerve on public sector pay

4 July 2017 9:32

Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall at today’s Cabinet meeting. After growing calls from ministers for Theresa May to ditch the public…

What the papers say: The Tories must start acting like a Government again

4 July 2017 8:32

‘Spare a thought for Philip Hammond,’ says the Times. The Chancellor once looked certain to lose his job – and yet…

Brexit backsliding fears are stronger than ever

25 June 2017 8:30

In February, Matthew Parris wrote that Brexiteers seemed very anxious, despite having won. He thought this was because they were…

How Philip Hammond could be PM by October

24 June 2017 22:00

The biggest factor keeping Theresa May in office is the absence of an alternative Conservative leader with broad enough backing…

Meet the new leaders of Project Soft Brexit: Mark Carney and Philip Hammond

20 June 2017 12:58

As double acts go, it is probably not up there with Eric and Ernie, John and Paul, or even Liam and…