PHILIP Hammond has been running the country's finances since July 13, 2016, having made his millions in the housing market. Here, we take a look at his wife Susan Williams-Walker, the "glamorous" and "funny" woman behind the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Who is Philip Hammond's wife Susan Williams-Walker? Hammond married wife Susan Williams-Walker in 1991, having met her when she was an election agent for his friend and former colleague Lord Moynihan. The pair live with their three children - Amy, Sophie and William - in Send, Surrey. Susan is co-director of Castlemead and is involved in organising parties for MPs' other-halves. Ms Williams-Walker has been described as "glamorous and fun, with a good sense of humour", according to the Express. Who is Philip Hammond? Philip Hammond has been the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge in Surrey since 1997, and was appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer by Theresa May on July 13, 2016, taking over from George Osborne. The 61-year-old … [Read more...] about Who is Philip Hammond’s wife Susan Williams-Walker, when did they marry and how many children do they have?
Chancellor Philip Hammond has received a boost from official data showing public finances posted their biggest July surplus for 18 years. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the government's finances were in surplus by £2bn last month.The figure was up from a surplus of £1bn in July last year.Economists had been expecting a surplus of £1.1bn.Treasury coffers were boosted by increases in self-assessment and other tax receipts last month, according to the ONS data.Revenues on alcohol were up £300m - 7.4% - due to the heatwave and World Cup.Borrowing for the financial year reached £12.8bn - the lowest for 16 years - and £8.5bn less than during the same period in 2017.The Chancellor tweeted: "We can't be complacent, we must keep debt falling to build a #StrongerEconomy and secure a brighter future for the next generation."Public sector net debt - which strips out the impact of bailed-out banks - was £1,777.5bn at the end of July.This … [Read more...] about Boost for Chancellor Philip Hammond as UK logs £2bn budget surplus
Philip Hammond was forced to water down Treasury plans for a no-deal Brexit amid concerns that they bore similarities to "Project Fear", Government sources have said. Ministers will on Thursday publish the first of 84 technical documents outlining contingency plans in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal next year. However, two Government sources told The Telegraph that concerns were raised in Whitehall about the "tone" of several of the Treasury documents. The sections on the "current status" of arrangements with the EU were too "upbeat" while the implications of a no-deal Brexit were seen as "negative". They have since been redrafted to ensure that they are more factual, the... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Philip Hammond ‘forced to tone down’ no-deal plans that were likened to Project Fear
FURIOUS motorists have branded Philip Hammond more “out of touch” than the GREENS amid fears of a fuel duty hike. A thumping poll of 37,000 hard-up drivers warns a duty increase in the Budget would be “political suicide” for the Tories. Campaign group FairFuel reveals that 87 per cent of its members strongly oppose a rumoured tax rise this Autumn to help the Government pay for the £20 billion NHS bonanza. And they believe the Chancellor has no idea of the financial pain motorists are facing. Some 58.4 per cent claim Philip Hammond is “out of touch” on issues affecting motorists, van drivers and hauliers. This compares with 56 per cent for the Greens and party co-leader Caroline Lucas. Nearly 50 per cent believe Environment Secretary Michael Gove is out of touch, similar to SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon. Tory campaigner Rob Halfon and Boris Johnson are among those viewed to be “most in tune” with motorists’ concerns. Motorists want … [Read more...] about Furious motorists slam ‘out of touch’ Hammond as millions face fuel duty hike to pay for NHS
THE Chancellor slapped down Eurosceptics yesterday as he insisted the PM’s controversial Chequers Brexit plan was “fair and sensible”. Only a day after ex-Cabinet Minister Priti Patel launched a blistering assault on the plan and warned the deal would cost Tory seats, Philip Hammond branded it a “pragmatic” way out of the deadlock with Brussels. He claimed it would allow the UK to remain closely connected to the European economy in a way that worked for both sides. But the former Aid Secretary ripped into the deal saying voters may never forgive the party for conceding powers to Brussels. It followed Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s warning “intransigence” on the EU side meant there was now a 60-40 chance Britain would crash out without a deal. European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, has already kicked into touch a key element of the proposals for a “facilitated customs arrangement”. He said the EU would not … [Read more...] about Chancellor Philip Hammond backs Prime Minister Theresa May and says UK Brexit deal is fair