Hammond safe at No 11 after 'clanger-free' budget

Photo of Hammond safe at No 11 after 'clanger-free' budget

An optimistic, gaffe-free chancellor offered enough to keep his key to No 11 – at least for now

Just days ago, Philip Hammond was battling for his political life amid television gaffes and pressure from Brexit-supporting MPs who considered him – and the Treasury – way too gloomy about Britain’s prospects after leaving the EU.

As he stood up to deliver a budget that most agreed posed tricky challenges, bookies were taking bets on how long it would be until this chancellor was shunted out of No 11.

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