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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
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
The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said Parliament should not be recalled in light of the crisis in Iraq
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and schools minister David Laws attend the Pupil Premium Awards in London where an announcement on the pupil premium is expected Business secretary Vince Cable makes an announcement on zero-hour contract... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Cabinet Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: First reading Main business Opposition day debates (2nd allotte... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said the UK would offer “advice and support” to the Iraqi government, but no combat troops. “The Foreign Secretary’s already made it clear that we won’t be putting any boots on the ground, but we will try to provide advice... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks about the direction of the Liberal Democrats 2015 election manifesto Defence secretary Philip Hammond unveils the new RAF Chinook mark 6 helicopters in Hook (08.30) Education secretary Michael ... Continue to article
Her Majesty the Queen opens the 2014/15 session of Parliament with the Queen's Speech (11.30) Prime minister David Cameron attends the G7 summit in Brussels (19.00) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is expected to address the Liberal D... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said a “significant number” of people who voted UKIP in Thursday’s elections were just “lending” their votes to Nigel Farage’s party and would return to the Conservatives in 2015. “There are three types of UKIP voters: the... Continue to article
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."
The Ministry of Defence has eliminated the "yawning black hole" it inherited in its finances and delivered a balanced budget, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hammond said his department had taken "tough decisions" to deal with the "chaotic" budget deficit, and pledged to ensure that the MoD “never again gets into the mess it did in early 2010.”
The Defence Secretary said the U-turn on aircraft carrier jets, announced last week, was "the final piece of the jigsaw” in creating a "formidable, adaptable and well equipped Armed Forces backed by balanced budget, disciplined processes and an efficient and effective department."
"The best way I can support our Armed Forces," he said, "as they restructure and refocus themselves for the future, is to give them the assurance of stable and well-managed budgets and the confidence that the equipment programme is affordable and deliverable.
"The only way to ensure in the long term, the ability to project power to protect our national security and to ensure that our troops have the equipment they need is to have defence budget that is in balance."
The Defence Secretary also denied he was planning to scrap historical regimental names such as Black Watch, saying he understood the "vital role" the regimental structure plays in the Armed Forces.
However he refused to rule out any further amalgamation or disbandment of Scottish regiments.
"We are going to have a smaller army, "he said.
"You can’t have a smaller army without some structural changes, and I will make an announcement to the House as soon as I am able about the structure of Army 2020."
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.
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".
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has claimed he has succeeded in plugging the £38bn Ministry of Defence funding gap.
In an interview for the Sunday Times, Mr Hammond said: "In the next few days we will be in a position to make the grand announcement that I've balanced the books."
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy was dismissive of the claim, calling it "posturing" that would be of little reassurance to service personnel set to lose their jobs.
22/08/2014 on BBC Radio 4, World at One
20/08/2014 on BBC Breakfast
18/08/2014 on Pooled Clip, BBC News
15/08/2014 on Pooled clip
11/08/2014 on BBC News
05/08/2014 on BBC News
01/08/2014 on Pooled Footage
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
22/08/2014 on PM, BBC Radio 4
22/08/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
22/08/2014 on BBC Radio 4, World at One