Theresa May might rue making Philip Hammond her Chancellor, says Tory insider

'Theresa May might be ruing making somebody as independent as Philip Hammond her Chancellor', says Conservative Home

Philip Hammond (Getty)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Theresa May might regret making Philip Hammond her Chancellor due to his fierce independent streak, according to a party insider.

Henry Hill, assistant editor of Conservative Home and speechwriter for Tory MP Julian Knight, told Jonny Gould and Ash that Hammond is attempting to go his own way on Brexit, but he isn't in as strong a position as he thinks.

"We have a national crisis to meet [and] we need to keep the lid on [it] as tightly as possible," Hill said. "In which case I think she might be ruing making somebody as independent as Philip Hammond her Chancellor.

"Hammond’s basically developing his own Brexit strategy, and that's a very Treasury thing, to do but the Treasury hasn't been as weak as it is now in a British government for some time, so [it's a question of] whether they can get away with it.

"The Chancellor isn't quite as permanent in the government as they have been in the Blair and Cameron premierships, and while they're more significant than the other members of the cabinet, they are just cabinet members and I think that political fact might take a while to sift down into Treasury thinking."

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