Analysis: Rhetoric will have to become reality for Theresa May and Philip Hammond on Wednesday

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference in London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The Chancellor Philip Hammond - nicknamed 'spreadsheet Phil' in homage to his perceived lack of charisma - will appear at the despatch box this week in the first big set-piece event since a changing of the guard on Downing Street following the Brexit vote.

The speed of change at the top of the Conservative Party and the almost unchallenged coronation of the former home secretary means there have been few clues or scrutiny of what the new prime minister will do differently to her predecessor David Cameron and his old friend and former Chancellor George Osborne.

Much of the focus of the last few months has been on the shape Brexit will take - meaning domestic affairs have played second fiddle.

There has been plenty of rhetoric.

A pledge to help those Mrs May describes as 'just about managing' - now dubbed 'JAMs'.


You may also want to watch:


But this week will be a test on the detail. Philip Hammond will have to choose winners and losers in his mini-budget if the books are to be balanced. We are set to find out what the nuts and bolts of Mayism actually means for our tax bills, how much our goods cost and the perks we get.

This week, for now, the domestic agenda will be centre stage again.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus