Downing Street Says...

Every day the Prime Minister's Spokesman meets a small coterie of political journalists known as 'the lobby' for a topical chat, or 'briefing'.

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» Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reshuffle

Asked about the final list of appointments of women into Ministerial roles, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said there has been an increase in the representation of women in government. He added that this was a long-standing ambition of the Prime Minister and that we are seeing progress being made in this area. When asked […]

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pensions

Asked about the changes to pension advice, the PMS said that it was important that individuals had access to independent, impartial advice in a way that best suited them. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

MH17 plane crash

Asked about the Prime Minister?s (PM) recent engagement with other world leaders on the MH17 crash, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that there were a series of calls over the weekend with leaders and he expected more activity in coming days. When asked about the UN Security Council vote, the PMS stressed the importance […]

Briefing took place at 9:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, July 18, 2014

EU Council

Asked about the Prime Minister?s meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Council, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that they had a constructive and amicable meeting. The PMS said Mr Juncker had been clear that he was committed to working with the UK on the full range of our concerns when the Prime Minister […]

Briefing took place at 17:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Gaza

Asked about the Deputy Prime Minister?s comments about the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the PMS said that the Prime Minister?s view had been set out in his EU Council statement: the loss of innocent lives on all sides was to be deplored and it was important that Hamas stopped rocket fire to help bring about […]

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» Thursday, July 17, 2014

Emergency Data Retention Legislation

Asked about the Emergency Data Retention Bill, the PMS said that the Legislation was being taken forward on a cross party basis. The European Court of Justice struck down a European data retention directive that provided the basis for UK secondary legislation. The UK?s primary legislation addresses the concerns around proportionality. original source.

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Cabinet

Asked about the Prime Minister?s reshuffle of his cabinet, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that in his speech at Bloomberg, the Prime Minister said there was a need for Britain?s relationship with the EU to be renegotiated and that the Cabinet shares the Prime Minister?s views on Europe. Asked about Baroness Stowell?s appointment, the […]

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, July 16, 2014

European Council

Asked if the Prime Minister had any strong views on who should be the next European Council president, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the Prime Minister had stated recently that he believed there were a number of candidates who could do the job well. Asked if the Prime Minister thought the centre left should […]

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, July 14, 2014

Motor sports events

Asked for further detail on the Prime Minister?s (PM) announcement on local authorities being able to stage motor sport events on public roads, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that the public had been consulted on this matter and added that there had been many successful sporting events in the UK in recent years. He […]

Briefing took place at 18:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, July 11, 2014

Patrick Rock

Asked about Patrick Rock and whether government had appointed a welfare officer, the PMS said that no welfare officer had been appointed. Asked who was Patrick Rock?s previous employer, the PMS confirmed that Cabinet Office was his previous employer and that special advisers were employed by government under special adviser terms. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Living wage

Asked if the PM had sympathy for public sector workers who struggled financially and were not paid the living wage, the PMS said the government had taken and would continue to take tough decisions on public sector pay to deal with the deficit. He added the PM supported employers who were able to pay the […]

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Child abuse inquiry

Asked if the Prime Minister (PM) still believed Baroness Butler-Sloss was the right person to lead the overarching child abuse inquiry, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the PM did and that she commanded widespread respect for both her professional expertise and integrity. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Home Office inquiry

When asked about Baroness Butler-Sloss? status as the head of the inquiry, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the Prime Minister?s (PM) view had not and would not change. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Strikes

When asked about the statistics for today?s public sector strikes, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that government?s figures are drawn from specific returns from those organisations where strike action has taken place. Fewer than 80,000 civil servants have taken part in the strikes and the Local Government Association estimated 95% of local council staff […]

Briefing took place at 11:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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