Defence secretary Philip Hammond might step down and gun for Prime Minister David Cameron’s job as leader of the Tory party, the FT has reported.
Tories are speculating that Hammond has been digging his heels in over the prospect of implementing further cuts to the armed forces and “might even quit” if forced to do more. This would help “set himself up as a leader of the Tory right”.
This comes after last week Hammond “dismayed” Number 10 after suggesting that Cameron is “wasting parliamentary time” by backing same sex marriages
Hammond also went on to say that he vote to leave the EU in a referendum and would stay in only if the Prime minister negotiated a better deal.
However, Hammond’s allies branded the suggestions “ridiculous” maintaining that the minister remains a loyalist.
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