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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» Wednesday, August 20, 2014

European Commission

There have been no substantial developments in relation to appointments and portfolios. The next president of the commission is using the traditional Brussels break to think about Commission portfolios. original source.

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Kosher food

It was asked what the PM?s thoughts are on allegations of supermarkets removing kosher foods. The PMS said it is important that we recognise the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to work alongside each other peacefully. She said our efforts should be on making this possible. Back in the UK she said the importance is […]

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Iraq

When asked whether the UK would take Christian refugees from Iraq, the PMS said we have a proud tradition in this country of offering sanctuary to those who are fleeing persecution. She said decisions would be taken on a case by case basis. On the question of whether there is a legal issue with accepting […]

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, August 4, 2014

Help to Buy

Asked about the Help to Buy scheme, the PMS said it has helped many first-time buyers to get onto the property market. The government is remaining vigilant about the scheme and the Chancellor has asked the Financial Policy Committee to monitor it. original source.

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

WW1 commemorations

When asked about the various memorial services taking place, the PMS said that the Prime Minister thinks it is important to use the centenary events to remember those who died, those who were injured and those that made huge sacrifices in WW1. Additionally, we should ensure that future generations continue to learn lessons. original source.

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

» Thursday, July 31, 2014

Russian sanctions

When asked about sanctions against Russia, the PMS said the UK is playing a major role in the discussions in Brussels, and has been one of the countries pushing for a strong response to Russia?s actions in Ukraine. She added that the UK continues to press on 2 key areas; sectoral measures and expanding measures […]

Briefing took place at 14:50 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Spare room subsidy

Asked about whether the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister had spoken regarding the Liberal Democrat view on the spare room subsidy, the PMS said the Leader of the House had covered this in Business Questions. Asked about the implication of the Liberal Democrat change of view on coalition policy, the PMS referred journalists to […]

Briefing took place at 10:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

EU Council

Asked whether the Prime Minister will publish Dominic Grieve?s views on the United Kingdom and the European Court of Human Rights, the PMS said there were clear rules regarding disclosure of government papers. However, if the question related to what might be in the Conservative Manifesto, the PMS referred journalists to political colleagues. The PMS […]

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» Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reshuffle

Asked about the final list of appointments of women into Ministerial roles, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said there has been an increase in the representation of women in government. He added that this was a long-standing ambition of the Prime Minister and that we are seeing progress being made in this area. When asked […]

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

» Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pensions

Asked about the changes to pension advice, the PMS said that it was important that individuals had access to independent, impartial advice in a way that best suited them. original source.

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

MH17 plane crash

Asked about the Prime Minister?s (PM) recent engagement with other world leaders on the MH17 crash, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that there were a series of calls over the weekend with leaders and he expected more activity in coming days. When asked about the UN Security Council vote, the PMS stressed the importance […]

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

» Friday, July 18, 2014

EU Council

Asked about the Prime Minister?s meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Council, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that they had a constructive and amicable meeting. The PMS said Mr Juncker had been clear that he was committed to working with the UK on the full range of our concerns when the Prime Minister […]

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

Gaza

Asked about the Deputy Prime Minister?s comments about the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the PMS said that the Prime Minister?s view had been set out in his EU Council statement: the loss of innocent lives on all sides was to be deplored and it was important that Hamas stopped rocket fire to help bring about […]

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

» Thursday, July 17, 2014

Emergency Data Retention Legislation

Asked about the Emergency Data Retention Bill, the PMS said that the Legislation was being taken forward on a cross party basis. The European Court of Justice struck down a European data retention directive that provided the basis for UK secondary legislation. The UK?s primary legislation addresses the concerns around proportionality. original source.

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

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