Theresa May to warn ministers against leaks

Philip Hammond the under-fire British chancellor. | Daniel Leal-Olivas  AFP via Getty Images

It said five sources attested to the Chancellor using the word.

Mr Hammond said: "Public sector pay raced ahead of private sector pay after the crash in 2008-09".

He confirmed that ministers had considered raising the 1 per cent cap on public-sector pay rises, saying: "The fact - that is apparently now well-known - the Cabinet has been discussing this issue sends a clear signal that we do understand the concern".

He blamed the "tittle tattle" and "gossip" on the "silly summer season" as Parliament prepares for recess.

Cabinet infighting over Brexit boiled over yesterday prompting a warning from a senior minister that the UK's negotiating position in the crucial negotiations could be undermined.

He added some of the "noise" came from people who were "not happy" with his agenda of "ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused on protecting our economy, jobs, and making sure we can have continued rising living standards in the future".

On Sunday, Hammond vehemently denied making the comment about women being able to drive trains, saying: "I've got two daughters ..."

"They shouldn't have done it frankly because Cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space in which we have a serious discussion", he said.

"I think now you would find that pretty much everybody around the Cabinet table accepts that there will be some kind of transition.
This Government is facing a ticking clock over the Brexit negotiations".

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is one of those pushing for such a period to last months rather than years, but today he claimed he did not know who was behind the "deplorable" leaks.

Theresa May's Cabinet will "collapse in chaos" if ministers do not stop the "unprecedented" in-fighting now being played out in public, one of the Conservative Party's most respected figures has warned.

He threw his support behind the Prime Minister, dismissing speculation that there were plots being hatched against her.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said: "We have got to respect the result of the referendum, we have got to respect the will of the people in terms of having greater control over our laws, greater control over our borders".

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith told Cabinet members engaged in such behavior to "just for once shut up for God's sake" as there is "no mood" among backbench Tories for a leadership contest.

"I read some of the stuff in the papers at the weekend and it bore no relation to the meetings I was in last week", Grayling told the BBC. At some point maybe somebody else will step through'.

The Chancellor was said by an anonymous minister in The Sun to have made a sexist remark during a Cabinet meeting; was said by an anonymous minister in the Sunday Times to have said public sector workers were overpaid; and was said by an anonymous minister in the Daily Telegraph to be trying to stop Brexit.

The government has flip-flopped on raising the 1% cap on public sector pay.

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