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You may not have heard of Philip Hammond — there’s little reason why you should. After all, the Defence Secretary is not the most charismatic politician Continue to article
An ally of David Cameron's hit back at the right wing of the party after an attack from cabinet minister Philip Hammond, who he said 'vast numbers of people' had been upset by Cameron's plans to legal... Continue to article
You may not have heard of Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. However, behind this man's bank-manager-style exterior lies a man of considerable accomplishment, writes SIMON HEFFER. Continue to article
David Cameron's plans for same-sex marriage have unnecessarily upset "vast numbers of people", Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said. Continue to article
MPs are free to set out their own positions, Downing Street has said in response to questions about Philip Hammond’s claim same-sex marriage had stirred a "real sense of anger". Quizzed about the Defence Secretary’s statements on Questio... Continue to article
Britain would end up as the “tired old spinster” of Europe if it leaves the European Union, a Labour frontbencher has said. After a week dominated by Conservative ructions over an In/Out EU referendum, Chris Bryant said he was not ideolo... Continue to article
BY PAUL WAUGH AND SAM MACRORY "I still write prescriptions for people here and I can still treat people in an emergency…It’s a very convertible currency.” Sitting in his Commons office, Dr Liam Fox has a characteri... Continue to article
One of the loneliest jobs around will have felt even more isolating than usual for David Cameron recently. Grumbling backbenchers, voting against your Government’s legislative agenda. Cabinet colleagues, perhaps with leadership ambiti... Continue to article
The Defence Secretary has announced extended tours of duty for some soldiers during the drawdown of British forces from Afghanistan. Making a statement to the House, Philip Hammond said the standard six-month tour would be replaced with ... Continue to article
Parliamentary Private Secretaries will be free to back an amendment calling for a referendum on the EU, but ministers must abstain or vote against, Downing Street has said. An amendment criticising the Government for failing to include ... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said he would abstain from voting on an amendment to the Queen’s Speech to bring forward an EU referendum bill. “Well I haven't seen any amendment yet. You don’t know what amendment is going to be called. We don’t know whe... Continue to article
The former chairman of the Conservative party has offered his support to Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans, saying he should not have to resign from his role because of the recent allegations of rape against him. David Davis told PoliticsHome.c... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said the Conservatives would publish a bill before 2015 to show voters what an EU referendum might look like. "We’ve made it absolutely crystal clear that a Conservative government will hold an In/Out referendum on EU memb... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said the Government believed Syria has chemical weapons, but would need undeniable proof to approach the UN. "Well, we have some quite compelling evidence… but it is not yet conclusive and we are certainly a long way ... Continue to article
Philip Hammond: "The UK public remembers" the false intelligence on Iraq in 2003, so we require high quality evidence for Syria. Continue to article
Defense Secretary Philip Hammond at the Pentagon: "We believe the Assad regime retains control of its chemical weapons". Continue to article
Philip Hammond said the Western intervention in Afghanistan had created the “breathing space” for the Afghan government to improve state-funded provisions for its inhabitants. “I completely accept that nobody can say with certainty what ... Continue to article
Thank you, Nadhim, for that kind introduction. And thank you, Tim, for inviting me to speak here today. I remember when Conservative Home was founded, eight years ago, and we both campaigned against the proposal to end the right of party me... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg hosts a reception for apprentices in London Business secretary Vince Cable has launched the UK retail industry international action plan Defence secretary Philip Hammond and foreign secretary William H... Continue to article
Who in their right mind would want to be Chancellor of the Exchequer? OK, Ed Balls, Philip Hammond, Vince Cable, Michael Gove, David Miliband, Danny Alexander... I hear the denials all round (except from Labour figures – now that would be ... Continue to article
The withdrawal of British troops from Germany marks "the end of an era", the Defence Secretary said this afternoon. Troops will now be based at seven different sites around the UK, including at Salisbury, where the Government is to invest ... Continue to article
According to the Daily Mirror York University's Conservatives have been slammed for organising a 'Hagueathon', a drinking game played in tribute to the Foreign Secretary, who boasted in an interview with GQ magazine that he used to down 14 ...
Sir Menzies Campbell agreed with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that further cuts to the MoD budget would harm Britain’s military capability, but said he still needed persuading that the solution was to cut deeper into the welfare bu... Continue to article
Philip Hammond said that British troops will spend up to 15 months in Mali. "[Troops will have] 15 months to train the Malian Army, get it ready and equipped to defend the country and to ensure stability across the territory of Mali, ens... Continue to article
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.
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."
Those who borrowed too much during the economic boom must take responsibility for their involvement in the financial crisis, Philip Hammond has said. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Defence Secretary said consumers and home-owners who took out loans, spent large amounts of money on credit cards and accepted large mortgages were "consenting adults" and that banks "had to lend to someone".
12/05/2013 on The Sunday Politics, BBC One
05/05/2013 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC 1
02/05/2013 on Sky News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
18/05/2013 on Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4
18/05/2013 on Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4
18/05/2013 on Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4