A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond as he speaks in the House of Commons in London on July 18, 2017." AFP PHOTO / PRU "
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An early election was meant to bind the Conservatives to Theresa May's agenda for at least five years, but instead it has badly shaken the governing party with ministers questioning its seven-year pursuit of austerity.The hostile briefing was aimed at undermining Hammond for his uncompromising stance on public sector pay, the source said.Hammond did not deny the comment and told the BBC Sunday that public sector workers received about 10 percent more than those in the private sector when "very generous" pension contributions from their employers were taken into account.Pay rises for more than 5 million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, which consider evidence from the government, employers and unions. A source close to May said there would have to be pay increases if Britain wanted to be able to recruit workers after Brexit, when there will be fewer migrant workers from the European Union.
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