Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first fiscal plan today (23 November), abandoning plans to run budget surplus by 2012 and stating that the country's economy will grow by 2.1% this year.

Hammond ditched predecessor George Osborne's commitment to return government finances to surplus by 2020, in a U-turn which punctuated the first major economic announcement since the Brexit vote.

He also unveiled lower economic growth forecasts in his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor, citing – among other things – that the National Minimum Wage will rise to £7.50 an hour from April 2017, and that agency letting fees will be scrapped.

On examining Hammond's first (and last) Autumn Statement live from the House of Commons today – an event set to be abolished from next year – body language specialist Judi James offered her verdict on what kind of Chancellor the former Castlemead Ltd company director from Essex will be.

George Osborne, Philip Hammond
George Osborne and Philip Hammond Getty Images