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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» Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recall Bill

When asked about the Recall Bill, the PMOS said the Prime Minister wanted to hear what members of the House of Commons had to say, and what ideas they might have on the issue. original source.

Briefing took place at 14:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Child poverty

When asked about the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission?s report, the PMOS said there was always more work to be done on the issue, noting that child poverty was at its lowest level for 30 years. The PMOS added that through greater employment opportunities in households where children grow up, the UK could address […]

Briefing took place at 14:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Public interest defence

When asked about a public interest defence in law for journalism, the PMOS said the Prime Minister attached a great deal of importance to the UK?s strong and robust investigative journalism. With regard to recent high-profile cases, the PMOS said it was right that the Home Secretary was bringing forward a new revised code of […]

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European Union

When asked about European Commission President Barosso?s comments on the EU, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s position was clear, adding that a number of countries around the EU were looking at the impact of immigration on their welfare systems. The importance of reform in this area wasn?t just one which […]

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EU migration

When asked about EU migration, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister would be addressing concerns on this issue from the British public and final decisions had not yet been taken. original source.

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

EU justice and home affairs measures

When asked about EU justice and home affairs measures, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government had exercised the UK?s right to opt out from all EU police and criminal justice measures that pre-dated the Lisbon treaty ? adding that it was fully engaged in negotiations with the EU to rejoin a much […]

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

» Monday, October 20, 2014

Treason

When asked about the Treason Act 1351, the PMOS said people who commit, plan and support acts of terror abroad, and seek to return to the UK will be prosecuted by the UK authorities. Decisions to prosecute individuals were a matter for the police and CPS, and the basis on which those investigations are undertaken […]

Briefing took place at 12:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Asia-Europe meeting

When asked about the Prime Minister?s breakfast meeting with President Putin, President Poroshenko and other European leaders at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was a positive sign that the meeting had taken place, and that only through discussion and dialogue between the Russian and Ukrainian authorities would they […]

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Ebola

When asked about Ebola screening in the UK, the PMOS outlined the processes and measures in place at selected ports of entry. original source.

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» Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola

When asked about Ebola screening in the UK, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government expects screening measures to be extended to Gatwick and the Eurostar next week, adding that the government is keeping screening at other ports of entry under review. The PMOS said the government was continually working with airlines and […]

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

Immigration

When asked about immigration, the PMOS said the Prime Minister recognises people have concerns about migration from the EU, and that he intends to address these concerns as part of reforming the UK?s relationship with the EU. original source.

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

Israel-Palestine

When asked about Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government supports working with international partners for a two-state solution, adding that the government would always make clear its disagreement with policies which made reaching that two-state solution more difficult. original source.

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

Ebola

When asked about Ebola screening in the UK, the PMOS outlined the processes and measures in place at Heathrow, as outlined by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. original source.

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» Thursday, October 16, 2014

Israel-Palestine conflict

When asked about the Israel-Palestine conflict, the PMOS said the government would continue to make clear the points on which the British and Israeli governments agreed and disagreed, and would continue to work with both sides towards a 2-state solution. original source.

Briefing took place at 12:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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