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?

» Tuesday, December 16, 2014

European Council meeting

When asked about the European Council meeting later this week, the PMOS said the council would discuss a number of issues, including the investment package put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker; security issues; the economy and the Ukraine. original source.

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

Equal pay

When asked about equal pay, the PMOS said the government has taken action in this area, including making firms who break the law undertake and publish equal pay audits. He added female employment was at record levels and the gender pay gap in the area of full time jobs for those under 40 had been […]

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

English votes for English laws

When asked about proposals for English votes for English laws, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said work had been focused on the House of Commons, as the central issues were around the West Lothian question, which applied to Members of Parliament. original source.

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

» Thursday, December 11, 2014

Intelligence and Security Committee

When asked about the Intelligence and Security Committee, the PMOS said the Prime Minister attached importance to making sure our intelligence agencies have a strong reputation and that we uphold our moral authority around the world. original source.

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

Northern Ireland talks

When asked about the talks in Northern Ireland today, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister wants to play a role in helping to resolve the outstanding issues and make further progress. The main areas for discussions were expected to be putting the Northern Ireland executive?s finances on a stable long term […]

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

Shaker Aamer

When asked about the case of Shaker Aamer, the PMOS said the UK was working with the United States so that he could be returned back to the UK as a matter of urgency. original source.

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

» Monday, December 8, 2014

Food banks

When asked about the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty?s report ?Feeding Britain?, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government would look at the recommendations set out in the report. The PMOS added that the central point of government in this regard was to increase people?s living standards, and support […]

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

Autumn Statement

When asked about the government?s approach to borrowing, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) pointed to the Chancellor?s Autumn Statement which set out why the government?s approach was the right one. When asked about the Chancellor?s comments relating to the BBC?s coverage of the Autumn Statement, the PMOS said the Prime Minister shared the Chancellor?s […]

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Food banks

When asked about the All Party Parliamentary Group?s report on food banks, the PMOS said the report was welcomed and contained a number of good ideas that were being carefully looked at. He added that the key thing was increasing living standards, and that was what the government was doing in terms of its agenda […]

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Police funding

When asked about police funding, the PMOS said there would continue to be difficult decisions around future public spending. He referred to comments made by the Chancellor, who said there has been scope for significant savings alongside a fall in crime and that there is more that can be done in terms of efficiency and […]

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Turkey

When asked about the Prime Minister?s upcoming trip to Turkey, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister would be meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu and President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and their discussions would involve events in Syria and Iraq, including counter-terrorism and humanitarian issues, and bilateral trade. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jeremy Thorpe

When asked about the death of Jeremy Thorpe, the PMOS said the Prime Minister expressed his condolences to Mr Thorpe?s friends and family. original source.

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

Autumn Statement

When asked about the spending cuts mentioned in the Autumn Statement, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Chancellor had been quite clear that there are going to have to be further difficult decisions and that this government already had a track record of taking those decisions and implementing them. original source.

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

» Wednesday, December 3, 2014

East Coast Mainline franchise

When asked about the East Coast Mainline franchise, the PMOS referred to the comments made by the Secretary of State to the Shadow Minister during the debate in the House earlier in the day. original source.

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

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