‘First fe­male chan­cel­lor if May’s Tories win elec­tion’

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LON­DON: Bri­tish Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequor Philip Ham­mond may be re­placed by Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd if Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May wins next week’s general elec­tion, the Telegraph news­pa­per re­ported.

May’s Con­ser­va­tive Party looked on track to win a large parliamentary ma­jor­ity when she called an early elec­tion in April but since then the Con­ser­va­tives’ lead over Labour has nar­rowed. Polling com­pany YouGov has es­ti­mated the party could even fall short of the seats needed for a ma­jor­ity.

Doubts about Ham­mond’s fu­ture have mounted since he had to re­verse plans to raise pay­roll taxes for self-em­ployed work­ers just days af­ter pre­sent­ing his first an­nual bud­get in March.

A spokesman for the Con­ser­va­tive Party said the re­port was “com­plete spec­u­la­tion, rather ir­rel­e­vant spec­u­la­tion be­fore an elec­tion.”

Af­ter de­clin­ing to an­swer ques­tions about whether she planned to keep Ham­mond in his job, May was asked if she was happy to en­dorse him. “Happy to do so, very happy to do so,” she said, while Ham- mond played down re­ports of a rift as “tit­tle-tat­tle”.

The Telegraph quoted an­other min­is­ter as say­ing May might pre­fer to keep Rudd as in­te­rior min­is­ter and re­place Ham­mond – the most pub­licly pro- Euro­pean and pro-busi­ness mem­ber of her top team – with de­fence min­is­ter Michael Fal­lon.

“Who­ever is chan­cel­lor, they want some­one who will work with Num­ber 10 and share, not keep it to them­selves. They want a com­pli­ant chan­cel­lor, not an ego. Am­ber and Fal­lon both tick the box,” the min­is­ter said. – Reuters

Am­ber Rudd

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