Michael Gove

Philip Hammond causes chuckles in Commons with joke-filled Budget speech

Within half an hour of his Budget speech, Philip Hammond had made seven jokes.<p>The Chancellor appeared to enjoy making the announcements, peppering them with gags and even included Prime Minister Theresa May in one of his sketches.<p>In what appeared to be a pre-prepared stunt (if it wasn't, it seems …

Brexit

Did the Tories really pass a vote that says animals don't feel pain?

How the subject of animal welfare after Brexit became a PR nightmare for the Conservatives.<p>Animal lovers have unleashed their anger on social media …

Brexit

Hammond's bittersweet Budget: growth forecast SLASHED - but boost for first time buyers with cut to stamp duty

GDP growth forecast slashed +++ Borrowing to be nearly £50bn this year +++ Stamp duty slashed for first time buyers +++ Shake-up of Universal Credit

Philip Hammond

Brexit is already wrecking our economy, and the Budget is the proof

It was a downgrade budget for a downgraded Britain.<p>Chancellor Philip Hammond might have served up just about enough in the way of gimmicks and extra …

Philip Hammond

A Budget for Britain in the pre-Brexit phase

Budgets are often a non-event for financial markets. But Brexit means this one, like anything in British politics, might just be different, says the …

Philip Hammond

Autumn Budget 2017: Pressure piles on chancellor Philip Hammond to boost the Tories, save his own job and keep Theresa May in place

Philip Hammond is facing one of the most challenging days since he became chancellor: unveil a radical, game-changing, vote-winning Budget with …

Theresa May

Citing Blue Planet II, UK considers tax on single-use plastics

The UK government is expected to announce today a broad set of measures designed to significantly reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, and …

Sustainability

Jeremy Corbyn accuses the government of being in a Brexit 'shambles'

• <b>Jeremy Corbyn accuses the government of being in a "shambles" over Brexit.</b>• <b><br>The Labour leader attacked Theresa May and the government of having "no strategy to deliver a good Brexit."</b>• <b><br>Prime Minister Theresa May said Corbyn "talks down our country and is pessimistic about our future."</b><p>LONDON — Jeremy …

Brexit

UK risks being animal torturers

Sam Kiley, Foreign Affairs Editor<p>The calves stood motionless. They had no choice. Their heads were held between steel bars, forcing them to seek the …

UK News

May tells cabinet Budget will adopt ‘balanced approach’

Theresa May told a pre-Budget cabinet meeting that Philip Hammond would adopt a “balanced approach” which would combine fiscal prudence with …

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Autumn Budget 2017: Philip Hammond's Key Announcements As They Happen

Budget will include "significant investments in skills, infrastructure and research and development".<p>Philip Hammond is delivering his Autumn Budget …

Philip Hammond

Why didn't Hammond get serious about productivity?

Most Budgets are all about the rabbits in the hat. This one was all about the elephant in the room.<p>That elephant being, of course, the socking great …

Economics

For public services and public sector staff this is a bankrupt budget

The chancellor shows no understanding about what makes housing, local government or other public services work<p>This is a bankrupt budget. Not in the strictly financial sense, though how much more threadbare core public services can become without collapsing and causing social mayhem the next few …

Sajid Javid

Budget 2017: What Philip Hammond said – and what he really meant

<b>What Philip Hammond said:</b> I report today on an economy that continues to grow, continues to create more jobs than ever before and continues to …

Referendums

The UK is in the fast lane to the future and teachers are in the driving seat

<b>By Cindy Rose, UK CEO, Microsoft Ltd</b><p>The Chancellor’s Budget today shows that the Government and <b>Microsoft</b> share the same goal: to build a hi-tech UK …

Ada Lovelace

In today's Autumn Budget, chancellor Philip Hammond doesn’t need to blow us away

Train carriages and Tubes will be buzzing this morning as people find themselves unable to contain their anticipation.<p>Instead of the respectful …

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond’s budget cannot erase the stain on the soul of his party

Neither housebuilding nor tax breaks will do it. The Tories govern as if they despise those who backed remain<p>Philip Hammond’s budget faces political death by impossible demands. The question is how long he can defer the execution. The chancellor is supposed to maintain fiscal discipline and ease …

Brexit

Six Times Philip Hammond's Hands Were Tied By Brexit

Everyone wants the Chancellor to splash the cash.<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>The Chancellor will set out his budget on Wednesday<p>Brexit constraints on the public …

Brexit

MPs hog social media as they deny voting animals are not sentient

Commons vote against transferring EU protocol on animal sentience into UK law was widely misconstrued, insist MPs<p>MPs have been forced to deny that a Commons vote last week means animals are not recognised in the UK as sentient life forms.<p>An amendment to the European Union (withdrawal bill to …

Brexit

Budget 2017: Hammond reveals sharp cut in growth forecasts

Gavin Jackson, Chris Giles and George Parker in London<p>Philip Hammond has announced a serious downgrade in Britain’s economic forecasts, underlining …

Economics

Cough sweets, Clarkson and booze: Hammond brings out budget jokes

After traffic en route, a chancellor not renowned for standup delivered a few choice and sometimes spiky gags<p>Key points from budget 2017 – at a glance<p>The bleaker the economic predictions in a budget, the warmer the jokes need to be. And given the news that growth had been downgraded to 1.5% and the …

Philip Hammond

Brexit could kill the precautionary principle – here's why it matters so much for our environment

The world is witnessing an increase in the number and severity of hurricanes, droughts, floods and famines. A significant part of this is …

Brexit

Budget 2017: Philip Hammond confirms plans for a plastic tax and announces clean air measures

Scientists and environmental groups have tentatively welcomed plans to tackle two of the biggest environmental threats facing the world.<p>Chancellor …

Philip Hammond

Budget 2017: Philip Hammond and Theresa May share staged cough sweet joke mid-statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond mocked the Prime Minister during his Budget speech with a stage-managed jibe about her incessant cough at the Conservative …

Brexit

Damian Green inquiry to conclude within days after series of interviews

Cabinet Office minister battles for political future as investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety nears completion<p>An inquiry into allegations of impropriety by Theresa May’s de facto deputy Damian Green is expected to conclude within days after a series of interviews.<p>The Cabinet Office …

Damian Green

Government environment department using 1,400 disposable cups a day, figures show

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been urged to “get his own house in order” after it emerged that his department has bought 2.5m disposable …

Recycling

The Waugh Zone Wednesday November 22, 2017

The five things you need to know about in politics today.<p><b>1. PHIL TIME, PHIL SPACE</b><p>Politics is often an expectations management game and as he prepares …

Brexit

Double your money, Theresa May – the true Brexit bill will be £80bn

With the future of the NHS, schools and housing hanging in the balance, it’s time for the prime minister to finally come clean on the cost of leaving the EU<p>Boris Johnson and Michael Gove promised Brexit would release an extra £350m a week for the NHS. Now they’ve given the green light to Theresa …

Brexit

Britain has become a zombie state. Philip Hammond cannot save it

As civil war rages in the cabinet and the chancellor is undermined by Theresa May, he won’t reverse the damage of austerity<p>Driverless cars are the chancellor’s vision. He promised to ride one – but yesterday backed off: someone warned him driverlessness was a bad look on budget eve. If he is trying …

Brexit

Michael Gove vows to take action on ocean plastic after being 'haunted' by Blue Planet

Michael Gove has vowed to take action over plastic pollution in the oceans after being "haunted" by Sunday night's episode of Blue Planet.<p>In the episode, which drove some viewers to tears, a pilot whale carried the carcass of its dead baby around for days.<p>Sir David Attenborough, narrating the …

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