United Kingdom chancellor Philip Hammond irks may with sexist remark

Trevor Jackson
July 17, 2017

The extraordinary public rebuke came after a series of stories emerged seemingly created to damaged Mr Hammond.

"But when you take into account the very generous contributions that public sector employers have to pay in for their workers' pensions, their very generous pensions, they are still about 10 per cent ahead".

"They are waiting for more clarity about what the future relationship with Europe will look like", he told the BBC's political programme, The Andrew Marr Show.

"But what I would say is this and I've been saying this since I was transport secretary, it is a disgrace that 95 per cent of train drivers are men".

The lead story in the Times cited five separate unidentified sources as saying Hammond had described public-sector workers as "overpaid" during the cabinet meeting last week and was criticized by Johnson for the statement.

It followed press reports of his cabinet remarks on public sector pay.

But he acknowledged that ministers were divided on other elements of Brexit, after the weekend newspapers were filled with reports of in-fighting - including potentially damaging briefings against him over public sector pay.

The splits have been fueled by jockeying for position amid speculation that Theresa May could be forced out of Downing Street after the disastrous election campaign.

The intervention comes amid increasing signs of infighting amongst top Tories - with Chancellor Philip Hammond the target of several negative briefings in recent days.

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"I think on many fronts it would be helpful if my colleagues - all of us - focused on the job in hand".

Some experts predicted that Britain would face an instant economic meltdown if the Brexit vote one.

But Trade secretary Liam Fox refused to be drawn on Hammond's view on it being in the years, shortly after.

Although he did not mention any colleagues by name, Brexiters in the cabinet include David Davis, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Priti Patel.

"Our backbenchers are furious and the only people smiling at this will be in Berlin and Paris".

"They are all low paid, all vital, and all in need of a pay rise now". We've got a very good leader in Theresa May, ' Dr Fox said.

The Prime Minister will use Tuesday's regular Cabinet meeting to "remind" ministers that they should maintain silence about the content of meetings and focus on their job of delivering for the public, Mrs May's official spokesman told reporters. At some point maybe somebody else will step through'.

The Government is now under pressure to increase public sector pay and lift the current 1% cap.

"The care worker hurrying from house to house doesn't feel overpaid, nor does the hospital cleaner working round the clock, or the teaching assistant going the extra mile for the children she supports", she said.

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