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Philip Hammond MP

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  • 16:41 In Brief Events

    16:41 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls visit Milton Keynes Chancellor George Osborne meets Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in London Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fa... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 22nd January
  • 16:53 Story (8 links): Hammond: Pushing IS out of Iraq 'could take two years'

    PoliticsHome Hammond: Pushing IS out of Iraq 'could take two years' Story View links

    It could take up to two years for the international coalition to push Islamic State out of Iraq, the Foreign Secretary has said.

    Philip Hammond warned Britain would be engaged in the fight against IS, "however long it takes, and wherever it leads us".

    His comments came after an international conference on Islamic State in London today, hosted by Mr Hammond and his American counterpart.

    Secretary of state John Kerry said tackling IS would be "huge task with no shortcuts", adding that the US felt "zero frustration" about the UK withholding military air support over the skies of Iraq and Syria.

    Senior officials from 21 countries were gathering to discuss the progress of the military campaign against the militant group, and how to halt the flow of recruits and money to IS.

    "It’s going to take a year, two years to push Isil back out of Iraq but we’re doing the things that need to be done to turn the tide against Isil and I’m confident that Isil will be defeated in Iraq," Mr Hammond told Sky News.

    He also told Today that the conference in London would look at a number of ways of tackling the extremist group.

    "This isn’t only a military campaign," he said. "The point of the conference today is to look at the other areas wehre we have to make progress as well. We have to cut off Isil’s flow of finance, we have to cut off the flow of foreign fighters, we’ve got to tackle the underlying narrative, we’ve got to work together as a community of nations to support the Iraqi government in its effort to reach out to the Sunni communities within Iraq."

  • 16:39 Hammond commits to defeat IS 'however long it takes' PoliticsHome News

    Hammond commits to defeat IS 'however long it takes' PoliticsHome News

    Philip Hammond has vowed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, “however long it takes, and wherever it leads us”. The Foreign Secretary was meeting his American counterpart John Kerry and the Iraqi prime minister, Haider a... Continue to article

  • 11:00 Hammond hails 'remarkable' anti-IS coalition as Kerry arrives for talks PoliticsHome News

    Hammond hails 'remarkable' anti-IS coalition as Kerry arrives for talks PoliticsHome News

    Philip Hammond has joined US Secretary of State John Kerry for talks in London on efforts to tackle the rise of the Islamic State militant group. Arriving for the day-long conference on battling the group, which controls territory in bo... Continue to article

  • 07:31 Philip Hammond: It will take a year or two to push Isil out of Iraq On air

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

    Philip Hammond said it could take two years to push Islamic State out of Iraq, but he insisted the right steps were being taken to defeat the militants. "It’s going to take a year, two years to push Isil back out of Iraq but we’re doing ... Continue to article

  • 06:55 Ziauddin Sardar: Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd News

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  • = Key Development Tuesday 20th January
  • 16:01 Hammond: UK has 'airy-fairy' visions for EU reform PoliticsHome News

    Hammond: UK has 'airy-fairy' visions for EU reform PoliticsHome News

    Britain Does Not Currently Have A Specific List Of Demands For EU Reform And Ministers Are Deliberately Discussing "airy-fairy" Visions About The Future Of The EU, The Foreign Secretary Has Said. Philip Hammond, speaking in front of the E... Continue to article

  • 12:47 Hammond to press Saudis on blogger sentenced to flogging House of Commons

    Hammond to press Saudis on blogger sentenced to flogging House of Commons

    The Foreign Secretary has confirmed he will raise the case of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi when he meets the kingdom's deputy foreign minister later this week. Mr Badawi, who was found guilty of offences related to his Saudi Free... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 19th January
  • 11:05 Philip Hammond: EU must work closely with Arab partners on terror threat On air

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

    Speaking after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on counter-terrorism, Philip Hammond said the EU would work closely with Arab nations. "We have very good cooperation with our partners across the Arab world in counter-terrori... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 16th January
  • 17:13 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    17:13 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions (Topicals at 12:15pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: Road Fuel Pricing (Equalisation) Bill (Mark Garnier, Con, Wyre Forest) Opposition day debate (13th all... Continue to article

  • 16:16 In Brief Events

    16:16 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt speak at the BETT 2015 education techno... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 9th December
  • 12:00 Lobby:Number 10: Counter-terrorism front and centre of PM's Turkey talks Lobby Briefings

    12:00 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron will put discussion of counter-terrorism measures "front and centre" when he meets Turkey's leaders later today, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister is due to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davuto─člu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 12:43 Govt will only show a 'little ankle' on EU reform plans - Hammond House of Commons

    Govt will only show a 'little ankle' on EU reform plans - Hammond House of Commons

    The Foreign Secretary has said the Conservatives will be showing “a little ankle” on what powers it wants to repatriate from the European Union. Philip Hammond said he was “optimistic” about the chances of the UK securing agreement amon... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 17:45 Hammond reveals 'aggressive probing' of UK airspace by Russian planes PoliticsHome News

    Hammond reveals 'aggressive probing' of UK airspace by Russian planes PoliticsHome News

    Philip Hammond has said that Russian aircraft have been involved in “extremely aggressive probing” of UK airspace. The Foreign Secretary said it was an issue that "concerns" the Government, warning of increasingly frosty relations betwee... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 30th November
  • 11:47 Graham Brady: Negotiations on EU welfare crackdown should begin immediately On air

    On Air | Graham Brady MP | | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Graham Brady MP

    Graham Brady called on the Government to begin negotiations on David Cameron’s plans to restrict immigrants’ access to benefits immediately. “I would like to see us starting the process of negotiating these changes, starting to get the c... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 29th November
  • 08:58 Philip Hammond: Accelerated timescale for some EU migration changes On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond said some EU migration measures announced by David Cameron would be delivered on an accelerated timescale. "Some of the measures that the Prime Minister outlined in his speech today can be delivered without treaty change, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 27th November
  • 14:35 Philip Hammond: British embassy attack in Kabul was senseless and cowardly On air

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

    Mr Hammond said a suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital of Kabul that left two dead was “senseless and cowardly”. “First of all let me take this opportunity to offer my condolences to those who lost their live... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 25th November
  • 14:46 No alternative to extending Iran deadline - Hammond House of Commons

    No alternative to extending Iran deadline - Hammond House of Commons

    The nations seeking to negotiate a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme had “no alternative” but to extend the deadline for talks in order to put off Tehran from seeking nuclear weapons, the Foreign Secretary has said. In a stateme... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 14:00 Philip Hammond: Progress has been made on Iran talks On air

    On Air | Philip Hammond MP | Foreign Secretary | Pooled clip, BBC News Video Philip Hammond MP

    Philip Hammond remained optimistic a deal could be reached with Iran over its nuclear program.  "These are very complex discussions and there are a number of issues that we still need to resolve. But we are all clear that enough progress... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 11:51 Philip Hammond: Optimistic Iran nuclear deal can be achieved On air

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

    Speaking on his arrival at the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Philip Hammond said he was optimistic that dicussions would result in a deal, ending a decade-long standoff.  “I’m here with my French and American colleagues to further discus... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 20th November
  • 11:40 Transcript: WMS: St Helena child abuse inquiry Transcripts

    WMS: St Helena child abuse inquiry Transcripts

    Written Ministerial Statement House of Commons: Written Statement (HCWS13) Foreign and Commonwealth Office Written Statement made by: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr Philip Hammond) on 20 Nov 2014 St ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th November
  • 16:16 Story (2 links): UK to send monitoring equipment to Ukraine

    PoliticsHome UK to send monitoring equipment to Ukraine Story View links

    The UK is sending ten armoured vehicles to Ukraine to monitor tensions with Russia.

    Communications equipment worth £1.2m will be sent to support monitoring in Ukraine as relations with Russia remain unstable.

    Philip Hammond will give a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons on the development later today.

    The Foreign Secretary said “the UK stands squarely behind the Ukrainian people and government as they defend their nation’s independence and work to make the political, economic and governance reforms that are vital to rebuilding the country.”

    The news comes as global leaders put pressure on President Putin during the G20 Summit to withdraw Russian vehicles and troops from Ukraine.

    David Cameron said yesterday that the UK was prepared to intensify sanctions if Russia does not cooperate with the global community.

  • 10:00 FCO: Foreign Secretary meets US Secretary of State for talks On air

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

    FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary meets US Secretary of State for talks Foreign Secretary condemns Jerusalem synagogue attack as he meets John Kerry for talks on violence in Middle East, Iran nuclear talks and relations with Russia. ... Continue to article

  • 09:15 UK to send ten armoured vehicles to OSCE Ukraine mission Press Release

    09:15| Press Release

    A press release from the FCO: Foreign Secretary announces more support for OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine, including staff and ten armoured vehicles. The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that the UK wi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 13th November
  • 09:25 Clegg hits back at Hammond over 0.7% aid target PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hits back at Hammond over 0.7% aid target PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has hit back at Philip Hammond after the Foreign Secretary branded attempts to enshrine the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of national wealth on foreign aid "bizarre". Speaking in Sierra Leone, the Foreign Secretary said legal... Continue to article

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

     

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Hammond: Pushing IS out of Iraq 'could take two years'

It could take up to two years for the international coalition to push Islamic State out of Iraq, the Foreign Secretary has said.

Philip Hammond warned Britain would be engaged in the fight against IS, "however long it takes, and wherever it leads us".

His comments came after an international conference on Islamic State in London today, hosted by Mr Hammond and his American counterpart.

Secretary of state John Kerry said tackling IS would be "huge task with no shortcuts", adding that the US felt "zero frustration" about the UK withholding military air support over the skies of Iraq and Syria.

Senior officials from 21 countries were gathering to discuss the progress of the military campaign against the militant group, and how to halt the flow of recruits and money to IS.

"It’s going to take a year, two years to push Isil back out of Iraq but we’re doing the things that need to be done to turn the tide against Isil and I’m confident that Isil will be defeated in Iraq," Mr Hammond told Sky News.

He also told Today that the conference in London would look at a number of ways of tackling the extremist group.

"This isn’t only a military campaign," he said. "The point of the conference today is to look at the other areas wehre we have to make progress as well. We have to cut off Isil’s flow of finance, we have to cut off the flow of foreign fighters, we’ve got to tackle the underlying narrative, we’ve got to work together as a community of nations to support the Iraqi government in its effort to reach out to the Sunni communities within Iraq."


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. 


UK to send monitoring equipment to Ukraine

The UK is sending ten armoured vehicles to Ukraine to monitor tensions with Russia.

Communications equipment worth £1.2m will be sent to support monitoring in Ukraine as relations with Russia remain unstable.

Philip Hammond will give a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons on the development later today.

The Foreign Secretary said “the UK stands squarely behind the Ukrainian people and government as they defend their nation’s independence and work to make the political, economic and governance reforms that are vital to rebuilding the country.”

The news comes as global leaders put pressure on President Putin during the G20 Summit to withdraw Russian vehicles and troops from Ukraine.

David Cameron said yesterday that the UK was prepared to intensify sanctions if Russia does not cooperate with the global community.


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.