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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» 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)

Foreign offenders

When asked about a National Audit Office report into foreign offenders, the PMOS said the Home Office was leading the way, including the new and additional measures included in the Immigration Act, to enable the government to do more in this area. The policy of ?deport first, appeal later?; the reduction from 17 to 4 […]

Briefing took place at 9:20 | 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 full confidence in Fiona Woolf, adding she brought experience to the inquiry panel from her time as President of the Law Society, and elsewhere. The PMOS also noted the experience of the wider […]

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

» Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Radicalisation

When asked about radicalisation of British citizens abroad, the PMOS said the government is working closely with police and security agencies to bring forward legislation on this matter. original source.

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

Recall Bill

When asked about the Recall Bill, the PMOS said the Prime Minister wanted to hear what members of the House of Commons had to say, and what ideas they might have on the issue. original source.

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

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

When asked about a public interest defence in law for journalism, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister attached a great deal of importance to the UK?s strong and robust investigative journalism. With regard to recent high-profile cases, the PMOS said it was right that the Home Secretary was bringing forward a […]

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

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