Theresa May to reprimand ministers over Cabinet leaks

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has pleaded with cabinet colleagues to stop undermining his bid for a pro-jobs Brexit after a spate of "malevolent" cabinet leaks exposed further divisions within Theresa May's government, according to The Herald.

"The care worker hurrying from house to house doesn't feel overpaid, nor does the hospital cleaner working round the clock, or the teaching assistant going the extra mile for the children she supports", she said.

Mr Hammond himself was the subject of a number of damaging newspaper stories over the weekend, including one which said he had called public sector workers "overpaid".

Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show, the Chancellor denied the train comment, but when asked about the public sector pay remark he replied: "It's easy to quote a phrase out of context".

Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that the government is becoming more convinced on the need for a transitional arrangement to be made, saying it would be "right and sensible both for the United Kingdom and EU". "I have to say I think all of this is somewhat overblown".

He blamed the anonymous briefing on those in the Cabinet unhappy with his Brexit stance, which includes potentially years of transitional arrangements between the United Kingdom and European Union after March 2019.

Fox said any transitional deal would have to give the United Kingdom the ability to negotiate new trade deals.

The Finance Minister said he was being attacked for his Brexit views.

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Mr Hammond, who campaigned for Remain with Theresa May, said he wanted a Brexit focused on protecting jobs, the economy and "rising living standards in the future".

"And I don't for a moment deny that there are areas in the public service where recruitment and retention is becoming an issue, that there are areas of the country where public sector wages and private sector wages are getting out of kilter in the other direction and we have to look at these things and we have to discuss them".

His comments "will fuel public anger that the Tories are out of touch with the public mood and will plunge Tory MPs into despair at the Chancellor's political tin ear", says the Times.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has also spoken against the official government position, telling the Sunday Times ministers need to respect the independent bodies that review public sector pay and accept their findings.

His comments come the day before the UK Brexit minister David Davis is due to engage in the second round of Brexit negotiations taking place in Brussels.

'Later in the meeting both Boris Johnson and the PM said we should not say public sector workers are overpaid'.

The row is likely to - and is no doubt meant to - damage Mr Hammond's chances of becoming Prime Minister if Theresa May stands down later this year.

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