Sun – May Hammon Planning impasse Over Budget

James Forsyth

THE impasse between Philip Hammond and Theresa May over planning policy shows no sign of breaking.

The Budget is a week on Wednesday, but the pair are nowhere near agreement.

Philip Hammond’s budget is on November 22, but the PM and the Chancellor are still allegedly squabbling over it.

One senior Treasury source tells me that Hammond “has explained the economic reality to her and she just doesn’t want to listen”.

Relations between May and Hammond are fast descending to Blair, Brown levels. In Whitehall, the word is that the Treasury is trying to shield the Budget from No10.

It is a pretty poor backdrop to one of the Government’s few remaining chances to take back control of the political agenda.

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