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, January 16, 2015

Tax Cuts for North Sea Oil

When asked whether the PM was sympathetic to calls to cut corporation tax to help North Sea oil, PMOS pointed to the Chancellor?s interviews yesterday where he said the government understood the pressures being faced by the sector given recent changes in the oil price, and that the government had already taken action through a […]

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

LGBT School

When asked about the PM?s view on the prospect of a LGBT school in the north west, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson said (PMOS) said that the Department for Education had not received an application and that it was not clear at this stage what was being proposed. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, January 9, 2015

MI5

When asked whether the PM agreed with the MI5 Director-General that more powers are needed for agencies to access communications data, PMOS said that the PM?s view was that it was vital the government did all it could to support the police and agencies to tackle the increased threat from terrorism and to make sure […]

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Hinchingbrooke

When asked about the PM?s reaction to Circle pulling out of Hinchingbrooke hospital, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the PM was disappointed but the priority and focus now was that patient care was not affected while the Trust Development Authority (TDA) transferred the running of the trust. original source.

Briefing took place at 15:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Paris Attack

When asked about the terrorist attack in Paris, the PMOS said the Home Secretary had this morning chaired a COBRA meeting to discuss heightened UK protective security arrangements. The UK threat level on the advice of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) remained at severe, the PMOS added. The PMOS said border security had been […]

Briefing took place at 14:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, January 8, 2015

Paris Attack

When asked about the terrorist attack in Paris, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government permanently kept security arrangements under review, adding that the UK authorities would assist the French authorities in any way that was helpful. The PMOS added the Prime Minister was being regularly updated by his national security team, including […]

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

» Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Accident and Emergency (A&E)

When asked whether the PM thought that there was a crisis in A&E, PMOS said that the PM agreed with the approach outlined by the Health Secretary. The government acknowledged that the NHS was facing challenges such as long-term challenges around demographic change, and more immediate challenges associated with winter pressures. original source.

Briefing took place at 12:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Mansion Tax

When asked about the PM?s position on mansion tax, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the PM?s view had not changed. original source.

Briefing took place at 12:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Defence Spending

When asked about the government?s commitment to defence spending, the PMOS said the Prime Minister would continue to set out the UK?s commitment to strong and effective Armed Forces. original source.

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

The Visit of Chancellor Merkel

When asked about the forthcoming visit of Chancellor Merkel of Germany, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was part of a number of European visits to coincide with the commencement of the German presidency of the G7. original source.

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

» Friday, December 19, 2014

The Interview

When asked about the cancellation of screenings of The Interview, the PMOS said the Prime Minister placed a high importance on the principle of freedom of speech. original source.

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

Al-Sweady inquiry

When asked about the lawyers involved in the Al-Sweady inquiry, the PMOS said the Prime Minister shared the views set out by the Defence Secretary yesterday. original source.

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

Special Advisors

When asked about Special Advisors, the PMOS said the numbers reflected the fact there is a coalition government and the average salary is now at least £5,000 less than under the previous government. original source.

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

European Court of Justice ruling

When asked about the European Court of Justice?s ruling on the McCarthy case, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government disagreed with the outcome. The case would now return to the High Court. He added that the Prime Minister believes our current approach is the right one. original source.

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

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