Philip Hammond is trying to **** up Brexit, Cabinet minister says

Chancellor claims driving trains is so easy 'even a woman could do it'

Chancellor claims driving trains is so easy 'even a woman could do it'

Mr McDonnell hit out at Mr Hammond for the comments he allegedly made at a Cabinet meeting last week on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, saying he had been on the picket line with striking hospitals cleaners in London the day before and one worker had given him her payslip.

Over the past few days, it has emerged that Mr Hammond described public-sector workers as "overpaid" and said that driving a train is so easy that "even" women can do it.

DG: "Every July Westminster gets feverish and every July people say it's different this year and you know what it's the same every year".

The leaks expose the divisions at the heart of May's cabinet.

Mr Hammond said the Government needed to provide as much clarity as possible, as soon as possible, to restore business and consumer confidence and get the economy moving.

He said: "This is about the relationship between public and private sector pay and it is a simple fact, independent figures show this, that public sector workers on average are paid about 10% more than private sector workers".

Hammond has sought to curb enthusiasm for Prime Minister Theresa May's desire to abandon further austerity - a shift which followed her poor election performance.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has reportedly said public sector workers are "overpaid". I think the public expect us to be disciplined and effective and the only people smiling at this are in Brussels and Paris'.

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".

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'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.

The Chancellor, who is widely thought to have led the opposition in Government to any relaxation of the cap, hinted it was an issue they were prepared to look at.

Mr Duncan Smith said he would "lay money" that there would not be a leadership election, and he urged other Conservatives to stop speculating.

"She'll be reminding them of their responsibilities and making the point that ministers across government need to be focused on getting on with delivering for the British public".

But The Sunday Times quotes a Cabinet source saying: Philip used a fairly inflammatory phrase.

Meanwhile, Hammond said businesses were holding off on investment where they can.

The Government is now under pressure to increase public sector pay and lift the current 1% cap. "It's time to give all of our hard-working public servants the pay rise they've earned".

The 1% pay rise cap for public sector workers has been in place since 2012 and is expected to remain until at least 2018/19.

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