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, October 31, 2014

EU Referendum Bill

When asked about the EU Referendum Bill, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had set out his determination that all UK citizens have the chance to express their views in an in-out referendum by end of 2017. original source.

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

Jerusalem holy site

When asked about the closure of a holy site in Jerusalem, the PMOS said that the UK?s objective was to work closely with the international community to reach a 2-state solution and to call on a de-escalatory approach on both sides. The PMOS added that that Israel had obligations under international law to protect holy […]

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

Qatar

When asked about the Emir of Qatar?s visit and whether the Prime Minister would raise concerns about World Cup construction workers, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said he expected the issue would be discussed, and that the UK continued to offer expertise and learnings associated with 2012 Olympics. original source.

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

Drugs study

When asked about a international drugs comparators study published by the Home Office, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it considered reflections on the approaches to tackling drug abuse taken by 13 countries. The PMOS added the government continued to pursue a balanced evidence-based approach to tackling drug abuse and this was working – […]

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

» 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)

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