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, October 30, 2014

Afghanistan

When asked about Afghanistan, the PMDS said the government would be initially focusing on what had been a successful drawdown and no decisions had been taken yet on any review. She added that lessons had been learned throughout the operation, including how the armed forces trained Afghan forces. original source.

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

EU budget

When asked about the UK contribution to the EU budget, the Prime Minister?s Deputy Spokesperson (PMDS) said every opportunity was being taken to raise this important issue. With regard to next steps, the PMDS said the UK would be looking at all the issues that needed to be worked through, including getting to the bottom […]

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

» Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UK contribution to the EU budget

When asked about the UK contribution to the EU budget, the PMOS said every opportunity was being taken to raise this important issue. original source.

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

Afghanistan

When asked about Afghanistan, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said lessons had been learned throughout the operation, including how the armed forces trained Afghan forces. These lessons have informed the approach taken in tackling ISIL in Iraq, the PMOS added. original source.

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

» Monday, October 27, 2014

European Union budget

When asked about the European Commission?s revision of the UK contribution to the EU budget, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister raised the issue at this morning?s EU Council meeting, adding the Prime Minister wasn?t the only head of government who had raised the issue. The fact that this money was […]

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

» Friday, October 24, 2014

Harry Roberts

When asked about the release of Harry Roberts from prison, the PMOS said the Prime Minister understood the public?s strength of feeling that this case had provoked, and the widely held view that the murder of police men and women who are on the front line protecting the public is a particularly heinous act. The […]

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

Independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse

When asked about the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s view hadn?t changed, adding it was a good thing that the composition of the inquiry panel received full Parliamentary scrutiny. original source.

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

» Thursday, October 23, 2014

Independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse

When asked about the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister had been clear that he had full confidence in Fiona Woolf leading the inquiry and added that it was important that victims and the public shared that view in the work the panel will […]

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

Independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse

When asked about the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister had been clear that he had full confidence in Fiona Woolf leading the inquiry. original source.

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

Household bills

When asked about more older people turning to equity release and a rise in household bills, the PMOS said that as part of its long-term economic plan the government was helping families and pensioners to deal with the impact of the great recession. She added that one way the government was doing this was by […]

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

Fiona Woolf

When asked about the inquiry into child sexual exploitation, led by Fiona Woolf, the PMOS said that Home Secretary had made clear that she was confident that the review would be carried out to the highest standards of impartiality and integrity. original source.

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

Syria

When asked about the use of intelligence and surveillance assets in Syria, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that these were being deployed to gather intelligence that could help to protect Britain from the threat posed by ISIL. The PMOS added that the aircraft were authorised to gather intelligence, not strike. The PMOS added […]

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

Independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse

When asked about the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister was confident that Fiona Woolf and the rest of the inquiry panel would carry out their duties to the high standards of integrity required. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Economy

When asked about the UK economy, the PMOS said the government was dealing with the effects of the recession, taking difficult decisions and sticking to its long-term economic plan. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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