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'.

Downing Street Says... is an unofficial site that lets you read summaries of these briefings and add your own comments. Want to know more?

» Friday, July 3, 2015

Child poverty

When asked about child poverty, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had been clear on the need for reform and to focus government action on tackling the root causes of child poverty, not just treating the symptoms. original source.

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Airports Commission report

When asked about the Airports Commission?s report on aviation capacity, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary had set out the government?s position clearly, adding that it was a comprehensive and substantial report from the independent commission which the government would consider carefully before setting out how to […]

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, June 4, 2015

PMQs

When asked about the Prime Minister?s preparations for the first PMQs of the parliament, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had prepared in the usual way. original source.

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

MPs? pay

When asked about IPSA?s proposals to increase MPs? pay, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s view hadn?t changed. original source.

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

» Friday, May 29, 2015

EU reform

When asked about EU reform, the PMOS said the Prime Minister?s view hadn?t changed. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

FIFA

When asked about FIFA, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister was squarely behind the FA in terms of seeking governance reform at FIFA and that there was a very strong case for change in leadership. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, May 22, 2015

Intelligence and Security Committee

When asked about appointments to the Intelligence and Security Committee, the PMOS said these would be made according to the provisions in the Justice and Security Act 2013. original source.

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

Sugar tax

When asked if the Prime Minister had any plans for a sugar tax, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s position had not changed and there were no plans for a tax. original source.

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

» Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Immigration

When asked if it was still the government?s ambition to get net migration down to the tens of thousands, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it remained the government?s ambition. original source.

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

UK democracy

When asked about the suggestion that sectors of the population were being left without access to levels of power in society, the PMOS said the Prime Minister strongly believed in spreading privilege rather than defending it – a principle which guided his policies and decision making. original source.

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Eastern Partnership Summit

When asked about the focus of the forthcoming Eastern Partnership in Riga, the PMOS said the summit would principally focus on how the EU worked with neighbouring countries in terms of fighting corruption, reform of judicial systems, improving transparency, and the like. original source.

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

NHS

When asked about the NHS and the Prime Minister?s speech on seven-day-services, the PMOS said the proposals were part of a wider need for reform and change in the way the NHS operates, in for example the piloting of seven day GP access. Simon Stevens had already set out a programme for changing the way […]

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Mediterranean migrants

When asked about reports that Britain would assist in the establishment of a military operation against people smugglers in Libya, the PMOS said the government was working with others on how the appropriate intelligence resources could be put in place. original source.

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Iraq

When asked about the government?s support for the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIL – particularly in light of the reported fall of Tikrit – the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it pointed to some of the challenges the Iraqi government faced. In respect of the UK government?s role, the PMOS said it […]

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