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  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 08:33 Story (1 links): European treaties pose problems with renegotiation, says Hammond

    PoliticsHome European treaties pose problems with renegotiation, says Hammond Story View links

    Britain may not be able to rewrite European Union treaties in part of renegotiations with Brussels, the Foreign Secretary has admitted.

    Philip Hammond, speaking at an event hosted by Open Europe think-tank, said that treaty change may not be possible as it would trigger referendums in other countries.

    “The need [is] for something that is tangible major change but is delivered in a way that is concrete and irreversible,” he said.

  • = Key Development Thursday 25th September
  • 18:19 Philip Hammond: UK must do its share in the fight against IS On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Pooled Clip Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said Britain needed to “do its share” in the military fight against Islamic State militants, as the Government prepares to seek approval from MPs for airstrikes. “The House of Commons hopefully will be deciding to endorse ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 18th September
  • 16:50 Philip Hammond: UK will assess material uploaded by IS militants On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC News Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said he hadn't yet seen the latest video purportedly showing another British hostage held captive by Islamic State militants.  "I’ve heard the reports of another video being released on social media. These videos can be ve... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 15th September
  • 15:20 Philip Hammond: UK will play a leading role in the coalition against IS On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC News Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said the UK would play a “leading role” in the fight to combat Isil after a meeting of coalition allies this morning. “I have said this morning in the meeting that Britain is clear it will play a leading role in this coali... Continue to article

  • 12:25 Lobby:No 10: Paris summit must send 'clear signal' to IS Lobby Briefings

    12:25 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street expects today’s meeting of foreign ministers in Paris to send a “clear signal” of the international community’s determination to tackle the threat of so-called Islamic State terrorists. Philip Hammond is attending the summ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 12th September
  • 11:00 The Government is yet to take a decision on its response to Isil - David Lidington House of Commons

    The Government is yet to take a decision on its response to Isil - David Lidington House of Commons

    The Government is yet to make a decision on how it will respond to the threat posed by Isil, a Foreign Office Minister has said. During an Urgent Question in the House on Friday morning, David Lidington said the UK had not been asked for... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 11th September
  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
  • 13:09 Syria strikes 'qualitatively different' to Iraq - Hammond House of Commons

    Syria strikes 'qualitatively different' to Iraq - Hammond House of Commons

    The Foreign Secretary has said airstrikes against extremists in Syria would be riskier than military action against those based in Iraq. Opening a debate in the House of Commons on the security situation in the Middle East, Ukraine, Lib... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 3rd September
  • 09:45 Philip Hammond: UK will look at every option to save British hostage On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Pooled Footage Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said the Government would consider “every possible option” to rescue a British hostage being held by terrorists in Iraq or Syria. “You’re aware, of course, of the rescue attempt that took place some time ago – unfortunatel... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st September
  • 23:06 Story (3 links): Cameron condemns Israel land move

    PoliticsHome Cameron condemns Israel land move Story View links

    David Cameron has condemned as "utterly deplorable" Israel's decision to expropriate almost 990 acres of privately-owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem.

    According to reports, signs have been posted in the occupied West Bank by military administrators, reading: “state land – no trespassing”.

    The US State Department and Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond have already condemned the move.

    "We will continue to support Israel and Israel's right to defend itself," the Prime Minister said this afternoon.

    "But that does not mean we support every decision the Israeli government takes. Most recently the appropriate of nearly 1000 acres of land in the West Bank near Bethlehem is utterly deplorable.

    "Settlements are illegal under international law, they will do nothing to create the kind of peace process we all want to see, and we urge the Israeli Government to reverse this decision.

    Labour Leader Ed Miliband backed the Prime Minister's view on land appropriates, and urged an end to the "appalling cycle of violence" in the Middle East.

    Mr Cameron's remarks were also welcomed by Baroness Warsi, who resigned from the Government over its position on the recent Gaza conflict.

    She told PoliticsHome: "the stronger language is to be welcomed, now let's move to stronger action."

    Mr Cameron told MPs he was also "deeply concerned by growing reports of anti-semitism" on the streets of Britain.

    "Let me be clear: we must not tolerate this in our country," he said.

     

  • 15:56 . @paulwaugh the stronger language is to be welcomed, now let's move to stronger action. Let's start by recognising #Palestine as a state

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  • 15:35 PM calls for new terror legislation to combat extremism House of Commons

    PM calls for new terror legislation to combat extremism House of Commons

    David Cameron has called for new measures to be debated in Parliament to tackle threats of extremism in the UK.  The Prime Minister called for more police powers to stop suspects at the border. "Passports are not an automatic right. W... Continue to article

  • 12:30 Foreign and Commonwealth Office statement: FCO: UK deplores Israeli government decision to expropriate land in West Bank Press Release

    12:30| Press Release | Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    A press release from the FCO: FCO Press Release: UK deplores Israeli government decision to expropriate land in West Bank UK deplores Israeli decision to expropriate land near Bethlehem and urges Israel to reverse the decision. Commen... Continue to article

  • 10:30 Paul Goodman blog: The four Cabinet Ministers who believe that Britain should leave theEU News

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    Michael Gove, Philip Hammond, Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 29th August
  • 17:17 In Brief Events

    17:17 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits a London primary school to coincide with the launch of free school meals for under 7s Foreign secretary Philip Hammond speaks at a conference hosted by the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary A... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 22nd August
  • 16:17 Isabel Hardman blog: No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up) News

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    Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being aligned against a common enemy ‘doesn’t make us friends with… Continue... Continue to article

  • 13:35 Philip Hammond: UK will not work with Assad to fight Isis On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC Radio 4, World at One Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond has ruled out talks with Syria's President Assad in order to combat the crisis in the Middle East, saying that it would "poison" efforts. "There are all sorts of practical issues but I do not think that engaging in dialogu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 20th August
  • 07:55 Philip Hammond: At first pass it appears UK national involved in killing of reporter On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC Breakfast Video Philip Hammond MP

      Philip Hammond was asked whether there were doubts about the veracity of a video purporting to show the killing of US reporter James Foley. “Sadly not. We haven’t absolutely verified it yet but all the hallmarks point to it being genu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 14th August
  • 11:52 FCO: Foreign Secretary welcomes further extension of Gaza ceasefire Press Release

    11:52| Press Release

    FCO press release Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes five day extension of Gaza ceasefire and highlights need to tackle underlying issues Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “I welcome the agreement by ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 12th August
  • 15:28 Chris Mason tweets: The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said Parliament should not be recalled in light of the crisis in Iraq

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    The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said Parliament should not be recalled in light of the crisis in Iraq

  • = Key Development Monday 11th August
  • 14:42 Philip Hammond: Recall of Parliament not needed On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC News Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said the UK will continue to focus on providing humanitarian support to northern Iraq and refused to be drawn on whether the Government would consider military intervention in the region. “We’re providing humanitarian assi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 7th August
  • 14:24 Transcript: Letter from Sir John Stanley to Philip Hammond on arms exports to Israel Transcripts

    Letter from Sir John Stanley to Philip Hammond on arms exports to Israel Transcripts

    The chairman of the Committees on Arms Export Controls has written to the Foreign Secretary about the Government's review of its licences to Israel in the wake of the recent military operations in Gaza.  Read it in full below:  Letter... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 5th August
  • 15:50 Philip Hammond: Timing of Warsi's resignation is surprising On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC News Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said the timing of Baroness Warsi's resignation came as a "surprise" as progress was being made in Gaza.  "It has come as a surprise to me that she should choose to resign this morning. Of course, Sayeeda and I have talked... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 1st August
  • 15:54 Philip Hammond: Gaza ceasefire collapse extremely depressing On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Pooled Footage Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond described the collapse of the ceasefire in Gaza as “extremely depressing”, but insisted diplomacy was not now dead in the conflict. “No, diplomacy is never dead. We’ve always got to keep trying, but it is obviously extreme... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 30th July
  • 15:23 Ebola outbreak not a direct risk to UK - Hammond PoliticsHome News

    Ebola outbreak not a direct risk to UK - Hammond PoliticsHome News

    The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa does not pose a direct risk to the UK, the Foreign Secretary has said. Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting, Philip Hammond said he was coordinating with his French and American counter... Continue to article

  • 07:45 Philip Hammond: EU sanctions will tighten the screw on Russia On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Breakfast, BBC One Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said the new tranche of sanctions on Russia agreed by the European Union yesterday amounted to a “significant step up in the pressure” on Moscow. “This is a tough new set of sanctions which we’ve led the way on getting agr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 24th July
  • 09:20 Hammond 'gravely concerned' at level of civilian casualties in Gaza PoliticsHome News

    Hammond 'gravely concerned' at level of civilian casualties in Gaza PoliticsHome News

    The Foreign Secretary has reiterated his support for Israel's military action against Hamas, while expressing concern at the level of Palestinian casualties resulting from it. At least 710 Palestinians, as well as 32 Israeli soldiers and... Continue to article

  • 08:40 Philip Hammond: Israel must make a proper effort to minimise civilian casualties On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Sky News Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond called on Israel to conduct its military offensive against Hamas with regard to the welfare of the civilian population of Gaza. “There is huge public concern about the level of civilian casualties, about the humanitarian d... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 20th July
  • 09:46 Philip Hammond: All evidence says rebel missile brought down MH17 On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Andrew Marr show, BBC One Video Philip Hammond MP

      Philip Hammond said "all the evidence" pointed to the MH17 airliner being brought down by a missile from rebel-held territory. “We can’t be absolutely categoric. We haven’t got the levels of proof that would stand up in a court-room... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 18th July
  • 00:01 Foreign Office: Gaza developments Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    Foreign Office press release Speaking about last night’s developments in Gaza, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: "We have been calling on Hamas to end the rocket attacks on Israel for days now. Israel has a right to defend itself... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
  • 11:53 Hague makes debut as Leader of the House House of Commons

    Hague makes debut as Leader of the House House of Commons

    William Hague has made his debut as Leader of the House of Commons. Mr Hague, who moved from the Foreign Office on Monday and announced he would be standing down as an MP in 2015, was welcomed by several MPs on all sides. Angela Eagle, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 15th July
  • 15:36 Philip Hammond: I believe it will be possible to renegotiate significant change to the way the European Union works On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | BBC News Video Philip Hammond MP

    In his first interview in the job, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was confident he could secure a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Europe. "I’m going to focus on making sure that we get a successful renegotiation wi... Continue to article

  • 12:12 Lobby:No 10: Look out for Michael Gove on TV and radio Lobby Briefings

    12:12 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street said Michael Gove has been involved in the planning of today's reshuffle and that lobby journalists should expect to see "a great deal" of him on TV and radio. The Prime Minster's Official Spokesman said Mr Gove had "been... Continue to article

  • 09:26 Reshuffle - latest moves PoliticsHome News

    Reshuffle - latest moves PoliticsHome News

    Cabinet moves Michael Gove moves from Department for Education to become Chief Whip. Nicky Morgan moves from the Treasury to become Education Secretary. She also adds the Equalities brief to her role as Minister for Women. Philip H... Continue to article

  • 08:54 Waugh Room Memo - 15 July PoliticsHome News

    Waugh Room Memo - 15 July PoliticsHome News

    Thanks to a couple of technical problems, some subscribers haven't received this morning's Waugh Room Memo. Here it is in full:   Paul Waugh is away. Today’s memo is written by Josh May.   A huge day looms as David Cameron fina... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 14th July
  • 14:41 Coaker: £1bn defence investment is PR for ailing govt House of Commons

    Coaker: £1bn defence investment is PR for ailing govt House of Commons

    The Shadow Defence Secretary has criticised David Cameron's recent announcement that £1bn would be invested in military equipment and cyber warfare. Vernon Coaker criticised the Government's defence policy and pressed ministers on where ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 9th July
  • 16:37 Islamic extremism remains UK's greatest threat, Hammond says PoliticsHome News

    Islamic extremism remains UK's greatest threat, Hammond says PoliticsHome News

    Islamic extremism remains the greatest threat facing the UK, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said. Mr Hammond said a “very dangerous space” was opening up from Iraq to the west coast of Africa as he answered questions on the readine... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 4th July
  • 16:06 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    16:06 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Welsh questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bill: Local Government (Independence) Code Bill  Main business Opposition day debate (4th allotted day): (i) Housing supply; (... Continue to article

  • 15:56 In Brief Events

    15:56 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles speaks at the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth (16.45) Defence secretary Philip Hammond speaks at the RUSI air power conference in London (13.35) Education secretary Michael Gov... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 2nd July
  • 13:00 PMQs: Leaders clash over NHS record House of Commons

    PMQs: Leaders clash over NHS record House of Commons

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have clashed on NHS targets, in a Prime Minister's Questions dominated by the Government's health service record. The Labour leader accused the Prime Minister of failing to meet a two-month cancer treatment ... Continue to article

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European treaties pose problems with renegotiation, says Hammond

Britain may not be able to rewrite European Union treaties in part of renegotiations with Brussels, the Foreign Secretary has admitted.

Philip Hammond, speaking at an event hosted by Open Europe think-tank, said that treaty change may not be possible as it would trigger referendums in other countries.

“The need [is] for something that is tangible major change but is delivered in a way that is concrete and irreversible,” he said.


Reports of Russian military incursion into Ukraine

The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkohas told David Cameron that his forces destroyed part of a military convoy entering the east of the country.

Russia has denied that any military units have entered Ukraine as part of an aid convoy currently entering the country.

Speaking yesterday, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he feared any incursion by Russian forces would have serious consequences and said he was very alarmed by the situation.

The Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday afternoon to meet Acting Permanent Under Secretary Matthew Rycroft to discuss the alleged incursion by Russian forces. 

In the meeting, Mr Rycroft urged Russia to follow the international community in doing all it could to bring the crisis to an end. 


The Ministry of Defence is to cut 25% of its head office staff, Philip Hammond revealed today.

The Defence Secretary also announced a new senior structure in the department, to allow it become less "top heavy". An MoD statement said the move would save around £3.8m a year.

About 26 civilian and military posts at Senior Civil Service level, equivalent of Commodore, Brigadier, Air Commodore or above are set to go, the MoD said. Mr Hammond said:

"At a time when we are making difficult decisions about Defence spending and have had to accept reductions across the board we cannot ignore the volume of posts at the top. For too long the MoD has been top heavy, with too many senior civilians and military."


Cameron condemns Israel land move

David Cameron has condemned as "utterly deplorable" Israel's decision to expropriate almost 990 acres of privately-owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem.

According to reports, signs have been posted in the occupied West Bank by military administrators, reading: “state land – no trespassing”.

The US State Department and Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond have already condemned the move.

"We will continue to support Israel and Israel's right to defend itself," the Prime Minister said this afternoon.

"But that does not mean we support every decision the Israeli government takes. Most recently the appropriate of nearly 1000 acres of land in the West Bank near Bethlehem is utterly deplorable.

"Settlements are illegal under international law, they will do nothing to create the kind of peace process we all want to see, and we urge the Israeli Government to reverse this decision.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband backed the Prime Minister's view on land appropriates, and urged an end to the "appalling cycle of violence" in the Middle East.

Mr Cameron's remarks were also welcomed by Baroness Warsi, who resigned from the Government over its position on the recent Gaza conflict.

She told PoliticsHome: "the stronger language is to be welcomed, now let's move to stronger action."

Mr Cameron told MPs he was also "deeply concerned by growing reports of anti-semitism" on the streets of Britain.

"Let me be clear: we must not tolerate this in our country," he said.

 


Prince Charles: Afghanistan deaths astonishing

The number of troop deaths in Afghanistan is "astonishing", Prince Charles has said.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond earlier admitted he was only made aware of the decision to reduce joint Nato/Afghan patrols on Monday.

The Prime Minister's spokesman also said David Cameron "probably" found out about the move for the first time on Tuesday.


Hammond hint on Afghan exit

British troops could leave Afghanistan as early as 2013, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has suggested.

The Defence Secretary hinted that if American forces began to speed up their withdrawal that British forces were likely to follow suit, saying "we don't want to be left out on a limb – if our allies are drawing down more quickly we will look to drawdown on a pattern that reflects that."

Mr Hammond also told BBC Radio 4's The World at One that equipment had already begun to be removed from the country.

He argued no exit would be feasible before the middle of 2013, but said "you can draw the [exit] curve with varying degrees of steepness".