Conservative Party

Philip Hammond and Theresa May are not a united partnership

This partnership was always going to be different from David Cameron’s close pairing with George Osborne. May and Hammond have been thrown together by events, and she will know the fine print of the Autumn Statement well before the Chancellor delivers it

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How spin doctors destroyed our democracy

In the first of a two-part series, The Independent’s founding editor explains how the professionalisation of politics turned the business of Westminster into a brand, with dangerous consequences