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, September 22, 2015

Syrian refugee resettlement

When asked about Syrian refugee resettlement the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that refugees would continue to arrive in the UK in an extension of the existing asylum seeker resettlement programme, which has already seen over 200 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK. This is in addition to a further 5,000 Syrians granted asylum […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, September 17, 2015

Syria

When asked about Syria, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had made his views on Syria and the situation there very clear, adding that the government was committed to reaching a political solution in the country. original source.

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Scotland

When asked about reported suggestions for a second independence referendum, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the people of Scotland had voted decisively to remain part of the United Kingdom, adding that the Prime Minister thought that, rather than talking about separating, our efforts should be fixed on delivering more powers to Scotland. […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Independence referendum

When asked about the independence referendum the PMOS said that the government was focused on delivering more powers for Scotland. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Trade Union Bill (No.2)

When asked about the Trade Union Bill (No.2) the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) noted that the Bill was debated in the Commons yesterday, and passed through its second reading with a majority. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Syria

When asked about the precision airstrike in Syria the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was usual when writing to inform the UN that the government noted the legal basis, adding the Prime Minister was clear this was a matter of national security and self-defence. original source.

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, September 10, 2015

Northern Ireland

When asked about the political situation in Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister was gravely concerned about the situation, adding he wanted to see all politicians in Northern Ireland working together to build a better future for the country and working to fulfil its great potential. The PMOS said […]

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

Syria

When asked how the government determined its approach, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was guided by the threat posed to the UK, adding that the government would examine the scale of the threat and do everything possible to protect British nationals. If the government had concerns about a threat to British nationals […]

Briefing took place at 13:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Syria

When asked about the situation in Syria, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government wanted to see a political solution to the crisis in Syria. The PMOS said that if there was an opportunity to work with other partners in the region ? partners that the government had not engaged with as much […]

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

» Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Intelligence and Security Committee

When asked about the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), the PMOS said a motion needed to be brought before the House of Commons on the ISC membership, followed by a vote. The PMOS said she expected the government to bring that motion forward shortly, adding that it would then be for the Speaker to decide […]

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Call with President Hollande

When asked about the Prime Minister?s telephone call with President Hollande to discuss the government?s approach to refugees and migration, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was a good discussion about the different approaches the UK and France were taking, adding that the President welcomed the Prime Minister?s announcement that the UK would […]

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Longest reigning monarch

To mark the momentous occasion of Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Cabinet would present Her Majesty the Queen with a bound copy of Cabinet papers from October 1952, which records the Cabinet discussion of the speech she would later make at her first […]

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Syria

When asked about reports that France would prepare for air strikes in Syria, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had repeated recently that he thought there was a strong case for taking action against ISIL in Syria, as in Iraq, and that it was important that it was a coalition effort, but that any decision […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

EU renegotiation

When asked about the debate over the renegotiation of the UK?s membership of the EU, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister was focused on getting the reforms that were needed to address the concerns of the British people. original source.

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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