In video: Budget 2017 – Philip Hammond’s best gags

Chancellor Philip Hammond didn’t shy away from keeping MPs entertained as well as informed during his Budget speech.

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Budget 2017: £3 billion Brexit war chest set aside for no deal scenario

A Brexit war chest of at least £3 billion has been set aside to prepare the UK for the prospect of failing to secure a deal with Brussels.

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Budget 2017: Hammond pledges transport boost to get UK “firing on all cylinders”

Philip Hammond pledged to get the UK “firing on all cylinders” with a range of investments in transport projects.

Police in Glasgow found the alleged robber (David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images)

Man ‘fell asleep covered in Doritos’ after alleged break-in

A man was discovered with a half-eaten pie and covered in Doritos after allegedly breaking into a home and falling asleep.

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Budget 2017: Government signals changes to Universal Credit scheme after criticism

Changes to the Government’s flagship welfare scheme are to be made after strong criticism that low income families were suffering.

Grenfell Tower, viewed from Notting Hill Methodist Church (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Grenfell fire death toll highly unlikely to change, says coroner

The Grenfell Tower death toll is “highly unlikely” to change from 71, a coroner has said as she opened inquests for the final two victims of the blaze.

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Met Office weather warning as snow forecast for Thursday

Snow is forecast to hit parts of Britain later along with heavy rain and strong winds.

Strong cider has been singled out in Budget (Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images)

White ciders targeted as duty frozen on wine and beer

A duty freeze on wine, spirits, beer and ciders other than high-strength, low-quality alcohol has been welcomed as a “win win” for consumers, producers and the Treasury.

Tax avoidance clampdown

Hammond pledges further tax clampdown on digital firms

Online giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon will pay a tax on their digital royalties to further clamp down on tax avoidance and raise £200 million a year, the Chancellor has announced.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in the Commons (PA)

Budget 2017: Corbyn condemns ‘record of failure with forecast of more to come’

Jeremy Corbyn predicted Philip Hammond’s Budget will unravel within days, warning “misery” will continue for people across the country.

Stamp duty

Stamp duty cut for first-time buyers at heart of plan to tackle housing crisis

The main gainers from the Government’s cut in stamp duty for first-time buyers will be those who already own a home, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has said.

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Budget 2017: Key points

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has unveiled his Autumn Budget statement. Here are the main announcements:

The Duke of Cambridge takes the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery (Paul Ellis/PA)

Off-roading lesson for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been given a lesson in Land Rover off-roading during a tour of the all-terrain marque’s flagship plant.

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Firms handed £2.3bn reprieve in business rates indexation change

UK firms have been granted a £2.3 billion reprieve on controversial business rates as part of a string of tax changes the Chancellor said proved the Government was “listening to concerns”.

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Jeremy Corbyn ‘a blast from the past’ over Brexit, says Theresa May

Theresa May branded Jeremy Corbyn a “blast from the past” as she claimed she remains optimistic over Brexit.

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Budget 2017: Additional funds for NHS will not plug gap, Sir Bruce Keogh says

Patients will be forced to wait longer for care because additional funds allocated to the health service in the Budget will not plug the funding gap in the NHS, a senior official has suggested.

RBS stake sale

RBS Government stake sell-off to restart within 18 months

The Government is dusting off plans to re-privatise taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland with the aim of selling £15 billion of its shares by 2023.

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Budget 2017: Hammond scraps Stamp Duty in boost to first-time buyers

Stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000 as Chancellor Philip Hammond put measures to tackle the UK’s housing crisis at the centre of his Budget.

Sure Start children?s centres closures

Labour MP ‘Grangela’ Rayner becomes grandmother at 37

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has become a grandmother at the age of 37.

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Budget 2017: Tax penalty for dirty diesel cars but white van drivers are spared

New diesel cars failing to meet the latest emissions standards will face a tax increase in April, Philip Hammond has announced.

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