Philip Hammond: ‘My role in the election campaign was not the one I would have liked it to be’

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Chancellor Philip Hammond.
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Chancellor Philip Hammond said during a television interview on Sunday that “my role in the election campaign was not the one I would have liked it to be.”

The Chancellor was interviewed on “The Andrew Marr Show” and was asked for his reaction to the election result, which saw the Conservative party losing its majority in Parliament. “My reaction was bitter,” Hammond said. “I was shocked as I think everybody else was.”

Presenter Andrew Marr asked Hammond about his role during the Conservative Party’s election campaign. “We didn’t see much of you,” Marr remarked.

“It’s true that my role in the election campaign was not the one I would have liked it to be,” the Chancellor replied. “I would have liked to have made much more of our economic record, which I think is an excellent one … We didn’t talk about the economy as much as we should have done.”

“We didn’t put enough energy into dismantling Jeremy Corbyn’s economic proposals and his spending plans which would be catastrophic for this country. We will now do that. We will now address those plans that Corbyn set out in his manifesto and take them apart, which I would have liked to have done during the campaign.”

In my judgment, we didn’ttalk about the economy as much as we should have done”@PhilipHammondUKon Tory campaign #marr pic.twitter.com/BarT5WunEk

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Elsewhere in the interview, the Chancellor addressed reports that he advocated remaining in the European Union customs union, which isn’t part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s “hard Brexit” strategy. “The question is not whether we’re leaving the customs union,” Hammond said. “The question is what do we put in its place in order to deliver the objectives which the Prime Minister set out in the Lancaster House speech of having no hard land border in Ireland and enabling British goods to flow freely backwards and forwards across the border with the European Union.”

“Because we are leavingthe EU, we will be leaving the single market and the customsunion” confirms @PhilipHammondUK #marr pic.twitter.com/UqhSbnJbch

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