Philip Hammond (@PhilipHammondUK )

Philip Hammond

Bio Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
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iPhone : It is with great sadness that I am today announcing my decision to stand down as Member of Parliament for Runnymede & Weybridge at the forthcoming General Election.
My letter to the constituents I have served for 22 years:

iPhone : Parliament showed last week it wanted to get on with the Bill – it’s the government that hasn’t allowed us to do so. So stop the self-indulgent focus on elections on both sides and concentrate on passing the Bill. If we’d done that last week, we could have finished it by now.…

iPhone : I believe in delivering Brexit.

But I also believe in Parliamentary scrutiny.

That’s why I voted for the Brexit bill to progress to the next stage, but against No10’s plan to rush it through at breakneck speed.

Now’s the time for cool heads, to calmly consider the Bill.

iPhone : 2) If an extension is entered into, and then a deal is ratified during that extension, the extension can be terminated early. This is a flexible Act that provides the PM with the time and space to negotiate a smooth exit.

iPhone : Two points of clarity on the Benn Act:

1) The Act does not ‘surrender’ any power to Brussels. Parliament passed the law that stipulates 31/01/20 as the extension date, and Parliament retains a full veto over any alternative offer. Parliament is sovereign.

iPhone : A committed and hard working MP, a moderate One Nation conservative, and someone who voted for a Brexit deal that would have seen us leave on March 29th. It’s sad and perplexing when good people like Antoinette are forced out.…

iPhone : Zac - I voted for a Brexit deal three times in the Commons. You did not.
What’s really ‘a disgrace’ is colleagues who claimed to want to honour the referendum, but voted down a deal that would have seen us leave on 29th March.…

iPhone : The Mail on Sunday is wrong - there is no plot.
If Parliament approves a deal that has been agreed with the EU, the Benn Act does not apply. But parliament will need to see the full detail of a deal, not just a headline, before it will approve anything.

iPhone : The vile comments from some readers of this Telegraph piece about my former advisor Sonia Khan - sacked without justification by Dominic Cummings - show the dangerous sentiment being whipped up by those exploiting division, rather than seeking unity.…

iPhone : Usual rubbish in The Sun this morning. I am a big believer in relaxing planning rules to build new homes.
Saj (as Communities Sec) and I (as Chancellor) worked closely together to do this - but were blocked. I wish him greater success with this new initiative.

iPhone : A Brexit deal can be done – and it must be done. Boris Johnson promised he could get a deal, and he must deliver on that promise before a general election.
But to do so, he’ll need to make some changes to his approach.

My piece in The Times:…

iPhone : Sorry Matt, I’m afraid the Conservative Party has been taken over by unelected advisors, entryists and usurpers who are trying to turn it from a broad church into an extreme right-wing faction. Sadly, it is not the party I joined.…