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  • = 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

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 20:00 Trip-Swire The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Trip-Swire

      Words: Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield      “I’ve hugged bears promoting Hamleys in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve been on GREAT-branded tuk-tuks in Phnom Penh, I’ve promoted Lush cosmetics in Mexico, I’ve supported engineering com... Continue to article

  • 14:14 Mass snooping impossible because of resources, says Foreign Secretary House of Commons

    Mass snooping impossible because of resources, says Foreign Secretary House of Commons

    Mass surveillance in the UK is "impossible" because Britain's security services do not have the resources to trawl through the vast amounts of data they collect, the Foreign Secretary has said. Appearing before the Intelligence and Secur... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 13:11 Hammond announces drones moved from Afghanistan to Iraq House of Commons

    Hammond announces drones moved from Afghanistan to Iraq House of Commons

    British drones are being withdrawn from Afghanistan to help in the battle against terrorists in the Middle East, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed. As he updated MPs on the British military action in Iraq, Philip Hammond said that the... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 22:56 Philip Hammond:UK troops could be sent to train forces in the Middle East On air

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

    Philip Hammond said UK troops could be sent to provide training in the Middle East for forces that are fighting Islamic State terrorists in the region.   “We are looking with coalition partners at how best to support the needs of the Ira... Continue to article

  • 12:47 Lobby:No 10: PM has addressed Cabinet on ISIL Lobby Briefings

    12:47 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron and Philip Hammond addressed Cabinet this morning on the Government's efforts to combat ISIL, while George Osborne and Danny Alexander updated the Cabinet on the Autumn Statement. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman sai... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 13th October
  • 13:03 BBC: Hammond meeting new Iraqi premier News

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    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is in Iraq for a meeting with the country's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 8th October
  • 22:50 Philip Hammond: Britain should be proud of our efforts to tackle Ebola On air

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

    Philip Hammond said that the UK should be “very proud” of the contribution it has made to helping tackle the Ebola epidemic. “I think we can be very proud of what Britain is doing. We are far ahead of what other nations are delivering, w... Continue to article

  • 19:20 Philip Hammond: We have a matter of weeks to get on top of Ebola outbreak On air

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

    Philip Hammond said the world needed to get on top of the Ebola outbreak in a “matter of weeks” or it would be even more difficult to contain. "The UK has made substantial commitments already because we are one of three countries, the US... Continue to article

  • 16:51 Hammond calls on international community to 'do more' to tackle Ebola PoliticsHome News

    Hammond calls on international community to 'do more' to tackle Ebola PoliticsHome News

      The Foreign Secretary has called on the international community to step up efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Speaking at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington today, Philip H... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
  • 13:49 Philip Hammond: Britain has not ruled out increasing aid for Ebola outbreak On air

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

    Philip Hammond suggested the UK could further increase its aid to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak. “There is a debate about what is the best channel for money – bilateral donations, multilateral routes, whether money shoul... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 23:31 The Financial Times Front Page: Ebay offers ultimate 'Buy it Now' with plans to spin off PayPal Front Page

    The Financial Times  Wednesday 1st October 2014

    Ebay offers ultimate 'Buy it Now' with plans to spin off PayPal

  • 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

    Blog | ConservativeHome source icon

    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

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    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

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Stories involving Philip Hammond

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.


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."