(Express) Gloomy Phil finally moves out! Hammond vacates Downing Street flat to make way for Javid

(Express) PHILIP HAMMOND has finally given up his plush Downing Street flat to make way for the new Chancellor Sajid Javid and his young family.

The Remainer was branded “ridiculous” for moving at a snail’s pace when it came to packing up his stuff and moving out of the two-bedroom apartment. When he quit as chancellor in protest over Boris Johnson’s refusal to rule out a no deal Brexit, Mr Hammond also gave up his use of a chauffeur-driven armoured car. On Friday he was snapped looking rather grumpy as he sat on a tube in Leicester Square station, central London, waiting for it to depart.

Mr Hammond was seen clutching with both hands a suitcase and holdall on board a Piccadilly line train.

While serving as chancellor, he had lived above No 10 Downing Street, with Theresa and Philip May staying in the more spacious four-bedroom apartment above No 11.

Arch-Brexiteer Mr Johnson moved into the larger flat after he took office on July 24 but Mr Javid had to wait a little longer to settle into his new home which was filled with Mr Hammond’s belongings.

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Ex-chancellor Philip Hammond was snapped on the tube after moving out of No 10 (Image: @eyespymp/Twitter)


Mr Hammond quit as chancellor before Mr Johnson could sack him (Image: AFP)

A source told The Mail on Sunday: “We know he is a rampant Remainer, but this is ridiculous.”

Last week Mr Johnson held a vote among Downing Street employees on whether he should get a rescue dog to keep him company in his flat – with the result a resounding yes.

The Prime Minister invited his staff to have their say and promised to respect the result of the latest referendum.

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Mr Javid posted a photo of his dog Bailey settling into Downing Street (Image: Twitter/Sajid Javid)


The pooch will have Larry, the chief mouser, and Foreign Office moggie Palmerston as companions, both of whom were rescued from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

On Friday Mr Javid tweeted a photo of his family dog Bailey settling into life at Downing Street.

The Cavapoo will have to share the Downing Street garden with any animals Mr Johnson adopts.


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Mr Hammond had to give up his use of the chauffeur-driven Jaguar (Image: GETTY)

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Mr Javid has finally moved into No 10 after two weeks of waiting (Image: GETTY)

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The Javids have moved their dog and two youngest children into the apartment (Image: GETTY)

Bailey made a name for herself while appearing in Mr Javid’s campaign videos as he battled it out against colleagues to replace Theresa May.

The father-of-four also mentioned the dog during a live TV debate when talking about his stubbornness, saying it took his children 10 years to convince him to get the pet.

Mr Javid will live in the No 10 pad with his wife Laura and their two youngest children.

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Mr Hammond disagreed with Mr Johnson’s appraoch to a hard Brexit (Image: Express.co.uk)

There had been speculation the family would remain at their Fulham home after it underwent a security upgrade.

But a source confirmed to The Sunday Times: “He will be living above the shop.”

While only having been in the job less than a month, Mr Javid has hit the ground running in his preparations for Brexit.

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The Prime Minister is considering getting a rescue dog to live in Downing Street (Image: Daily Express)