May denies rift with her finance minister

World | 18 May 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May endorsed her finance minister Philip Hammond, after media reports of a deepening rift ahead of a June 8 election.

Earlier this month, The Times newspaper reported that relations between those around the two most senior members of the British government had worsened, after a series of disagreements over policy and presentation.

At an election campaign event yesterday, the pair were asked repeatedly about reports of tensions, and whether Hammond would remain in his position if the ruling Conservatives win the election, as expected.

After side-stepping two questions on her relationship with Hammond, May was asked if she was happy to endorse him.

"Happy to do so, very happy to do so," she replied. "We have worked together over the years, for many years, longer than we would care to identify, I think. That is an age related comment, nothing else just in case you try and relate anything into that."

Hammond also dismissed the reports as "tittle tattle."


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