Theresa May to warn ministers against leaks

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Ministers transfer be told by Theresa May they should be keeping cabinet discussions inaccessible, Number 10 says.

Following several leaks and briefings over the weekend, ministers will be «reminded» of their responsibilities when chest of drawers meets on Tuesday.

On Sunday Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested confreres opposed to his approach to Brexit had been briefing against him.

It followed squeeze reports of his cabinet remarks on public sector pay.

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BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said a few factors were at play, including some ministers’ belief Mr Hammond was worrying to slow down the Brexit process, and Mrs May’s weakened position after the common election.

«With the PM’s authority so reduced it’s like the teacher has left the classroom and the kids have started a big rumble — and they are partly scrapping with each other because a few of them fancy taking the controls themselves,» she added.

Mrs May’s spokesman subsided to discuss the content of the leaks, but told reporters: «Of course, cabinet obligation be able to hold discussions of government policy in private and the prime accommodate will be reminding her colleagues of that at the cabinet meeting tomorrow.»

‘Sort of overplayed’

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling endeavoured to play down suggestions of cabinet splits over Brexit and criticised those who participate in been briefing about its meetings.

«I don’t see these great divisions that are mentioned to me in the Sunday newspapers and I have to say I think all of this is somewhat overplayed,» he go on increased.

One backbencher, Nadine Dorries, tweeted that she would rather see supports sacked than another leadership contest.

Responding to the leaks on Sunday, Mr Hammond up to comment on newspaper reports that he said public sector white-collar workers were «overpaid» and told his colleagues to «focus on the job at hand».

Another ecclesiastic, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, attacked the «self-indulgence» of those doing the escaping, adding that it had left Tory backbenchers «furious».

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