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Clare Short

Asked if the Prime Minister believed that Clare Short should remain a member of the Privy Council, the PMOS said that he had nothing to add to what we had been saying about this matter over recent days. Questioned as to whether there was a timetable for a review of Ms Short’s Privy Council membership, the PMOS said that if there was anything further to say about this issue, journalists would obviously be informed. However, that should not be interpreted as a hint that something was about to happen. The Government was getting on with the important business of improving Britain’s public services. The Home Secretary’s announcement this morning about the rise in police numbers was obviously an important development in that regard. That was our focus.

Asked if the Prime Minister had contacted Kofi Annan recently to discuss Ms Short’s spying allegations, the PMOS said that they had not spoken in the last few days. He reminded journalists that the UK’s Ambassador to the UN had spoken to Dr Annan last Thursday.

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