PM says Hammond did 'very good job' with Budget

Theresa May has insisted that Chancellor Philip Hammond's job is safe after a "very good" Budget.

The Prime Minister praised Mr Hammond during a visit to Leeds following reports in recent weeks that she might try and move the Chancellor in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Asked if Mr Hammond's job was safe, Mrs May laughed and said: "Yes. The Chancellor did a very good job yesterday."

Mrs May said the Budget had been about investing in the future.

"What the Chancellor was doing was setting out how we will ensure we have an economy fit for the future.

"Both the Chancellor and I agree that what the Budget was about was about jobs for people up and down the country. It's about ensuring that people are in work.

"This was a budget that was, yes, about investing for the future, investing in infrastructure, making sure we're building enough homes that the country needs, giving people who are trying to get their foot on the housing ladder that boost by abolishing stamp duty for first time buyers on properties up to £300,000.

"But, also, recognising that, yes, people are feeling pressure today and that's why we continue freeze fuel duty - that's a real help to people - who we're increasing personal allowance - that's a tax cut for people."

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