Theresa May's former comms director defends Philip Hammond's Brexit strategy: 'He doesn't want to promise unicorns and end up serving mankey ponies'

A number of Brexiteers have suggested Philip Hammond is too pessimistic

Philip Hammond has been criticised by Brexiteers for his caution

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Theresa May's former communications director has offered an insight into Philip Hammond's Brexit strategy, saying "He doesn't want to be the man who promises unicorns to people and ends up serving up mankey ponies."

Katie Perrior, who worked closely with Hammond during her time at Downing Street, was full of praise for Hammond but suggested many of his cabinet colleagues say him as too dull and conservative, particularly on Brexit.

Criticising suggestions that Hammond is too pessimistic, Perrior told Sam Delaney he is an "honourable man that wanted to do things properly, for the good of the country and not just for the good of his political career." 

However she continued by saying Hammond "could loosen the purse-strings a little bit" as the Tories "now need to be a bit more bold" - suggesting Theresa May's limit of 5,000 new council houses was probably imposed by her Chancellor.