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  1. July 20, 2014

    Hammond takes tough line on Europe

    Philip Hammond, the new foreign secretary, has predicted that the British public will not want to remain in the European...

  2. July 20, 2014

    MH17 crash: West pressures Putin over access to MH17 crash site

    The leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on President Vladimir Putin to ensure that pro-Russia...

  1. July 18, 2014

    Tory jockeying at heart of cabinet reshuffle

    David Cameron convened his new look cabinet for the first time on Friday, following a week that saw the prime minister try...

  2. July 15, 2014

    UK aims for top EU economy portfolio

    David Cameron will on Wednesday attempt to seize control of one of Europe’s top economic portfolios after his most sweeping...

  3. July 15, 2014

    Cameron shuffles away from Europe

    Throughout his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has been allergic to cabinet reshuffles. The prime minister has...

  4. July 15, 2014

    Cameron gives his government a eurosceptic edge

    David Cameron has given his government a eurosceptic edge with the appointment as foreign secretary of Philip Hammond, a...

  5. The World

    July 15, 2014

    Hague, Hammond, human rights and Europe

    By an accident of timing, William Hague’s departure from the Foreign Office has come on the same day as the confirmation, by...

  6. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Cameron demotes Michael Gove to chief whip

    David Cameron has carried out a sweeping reshuffle to put his party on election footing, promoting the eurosceptic Philip...

  7. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

    Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

  8. Westminster Blog

    July 15, 2014

    Live Blog: Government reshuffle

    David Cameron is conducting the most wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet since taking office, appointing Philip Hammond as...

  9. June 16, 2014

    UK army chief warns of need to mobilise former soldiers

    Troops who have left the army will have to be recalled if ministers want the service to be able to do everything required of...

  10. June 15, 2014

    UK defence spending to fall below Nato target, says research

    Britain’s defence spending will soon fall below the target set by Nato, according to an analysis commissioned by senior...

  11. June 11, 2014

    Army cuts ‘risk increasing Treasury costs’

    Philip Hammond’s scheme to redesign the army was badly planned, unrealistic and may make it difficult for troops to do their...

  12. May 13, 2014

    Defence ministers spend less on kit but fear hidden costs

    Defence ministers do not know why they spent £1.2bn less than they had planned on equipment for the armed forces last year,...

  13. May 8, 2014

    UK military to review ban on women in combat roles

    Britain moved closer to allowing women to fight on the front line on Thursday when Philip Hammond, the defence secretary,...

  14. April 29, 2014

    Industry grows impatient as PF2’s teething problems persist

    PF2 was supposed to be the phoenix from the ashes of the much-criticised private finance initiative programme, under which...

  15. April 28, 2014

    Labour demands ‘open’ defence debate

    Labour is seeking to lift the “shroud of secrecy” placed by ministers over Britain’s next strategic defence review,...

  16. April 15, 2014

    Defenders of union come under fire over tactics

    Philip Hammond, defence secretary, on Tuesday concluded two weeks of heavy pounding by the British military on Alex Salmond,...

  17. April 15, 2014

    First Sea Lord warns on Scottish independence

    A vote for Scottish independence would strike at the “very heart” of Britain’s maritime defence forces, the UK First Sea...

  18. March 15, 2014

    Hammond ridicules Scots plan for independent military

    Philip Hammond, UK defence secretary, has ridiculed Scottish nationalist plans for an independent military, insisting...

  19. March 10, 2014

    Philip Hammond discloses £400m deal to outsource running of military bases

    Britain’s military bases are to be partly privatised in a controversial deal that would see sites such as Portsmouth naval...

  20. March 6, 2014

    MPs hit out at British army reforms

    Reforms to the British army were designed to “fit a financial envelope” with “serious implications for national security”,...

  21. February 16, 2014

    Ed Miliband puts climate change centre stage

    The floods and storms of the past month have prompted a fresh Westminster row over climate change even as official figures...

  22. February 13, 2014

    Shortfall in UK troops grows as MoD seeks more cuts

    The shortfall in the number of full-time troops needed to run Britain’s armed forces has more than doubled in the past three...

  23. February 13, 2014

    Deadlock over MoD plan for private sector arms experts

    The Treasury and Ministry of Defence are at loggerheads over proposed reforms that would allow the MoD to break civil...

  24. February 10, 2014

    Government told of risk posed to flood defences from funding cuts

    Thames flood water reaches highest level in decades The Environment Agency has had to endure “massive” cuts to its budget...

  25. January 30, 2014

    UK’s Joint Forces Command to have bigger role in military projects

    UK military projects and procurement will fall increasingly to the new Joint Forces Command, the defence secretary has said,...

  26. January 29, 2014

    MoD helicopter contracts to secure 1,000 jobs across south

    The MoD has awarded contracts worth £760m to British-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland in a move that will...

  27. January 24, 2014

    Inflexion goes cold on Jeremy Hunt’s Hotcourses

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has suffered a setback in his attempt to sell his education listings business after...

  28. January 16, 2014

    Former US defence chief Robert Gates warns on UK military cutbacks

    Military cuts are putting at risk the UK’s ability to maintain its role on the world stage, the former US defence secretary...

  29. December 10, 2013

    Union criticises plan for private sector defence executives

    Civil service unions have criticised plans by ministers to bring in highly paid commercial executives to help run the...

  30. December 9, 2013

    MoD seeks to rescue privatisation plan

    The government is scrambling to salvage key elements of its drive to overhaul the Ministry of Defence’s £14bn procurement...

  31. December 6, 2013

    Ministry of Defence shelves plan to privatise procurement

    The Ministry of Defence is to drop proposals to privatise its £14bn equipment procurement operation. The GoCo scheme, which...

  32. November 20, 2013

    Hammond pleads with Tories to back vote on boosting army reserves

    Philip Hammond has pleaded with Conservative MPs not to defy the government by voting against plans to increase army...

  33. November 19, 2013

    UK plan to outsource arms buying hit as only one bidder remains

    Britain’s plan to become the first significant power to outsource the buying of its military equipment is close to collapse...

  34. November 6, 2013

    Coalition uses Clyde yards’ survival as argument for union

    The decision by BAE Systems to close the shipbuilding yard at Portsmouth and focus instead on two on the Clyde was...

  35. Westminster Blog

    November 6, 2013

    Using BAE job losses to beat the SNP is risky

    The Govan shipyard This morning, BAE confirmed what had been trailed heavily last night: the company is to shut down the...

  36. November 6, 2013

    Scotland’s deputy first minister rebuffs warning on Clyde shipbuilding jobs

    Scotland’s government on Thursday sought to allay fears that independence would end naval shipbuilding on the Clyde by...

  37. November 4, 2013

    Q&A: UK aircraft carrier contracts

    Britain will this week reveal another big increase in the cost of building its two new aircraft carriers, declaring that...

  38. November 4, 2013

    MPs open fourth inquiry into aircraft carrier cost

    A powerful committee of MPs will open a fresh inquiry into the spiralling cost of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, after the...

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