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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • = Key Development Friday 20th June
  • 14:42 In Brief Events

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    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

  • 14:17 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    14:17 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    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

  • = Key Development Monday 16th June
  • 14:13 Philip Hammond: UK will help and support Iraqi govt, but no combat troops On air

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

    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

  • = Key Development Friday 13th June
  • 14:17 In Brief Events

    14:17 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    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

  • = Key Development Friday 30th May
  • 17:02 In Brief Events

    17:02 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    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

  • = Key Development Sunday 25th May
  • 10:27 Philip Hammond: 'Lender voters' will return to Tories from UKIP On air

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

    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

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Stories involving Philip Hammond

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."


Defence budget 'balanced'

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."


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".


Hammond: MoD books balanced

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.