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Prime Minister/US Relations

Asked if he was aware of comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister in his interview with the Times on Saturday reportedly criticising the Prime Minister for his closeness to President Bush, which had then been removed after appearing in the first edition, the PMOS said that he was not aware of anything other than what had appeared in the paper. The Deputy Prime Minister had dealt with these matters at the weekend. He had nothing further to add. Asked why the comments had not made it into the second edition of the paper, the PMOS said that he was not an executive of the Times newspaper. Asked if there was a danger of the Government being condemned in the long term for its relationship with the US Administration, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister’s position vis-\xE0-vis President Bush had been oft stated. Nothing had changed. Asked if the Prime Minister was embarrassed that his deputy had reportedly been casting aspersions on his relationship with President Bush, the PMOS said that he had no intention of commenting on reported remarks which the Times itself had appeared not to follow through. Asked if he was suggesting that the quotes had never been uttered in the first place, the PMOS said that he would leave it to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office to respond to issues relating to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Asked if the Prime Minister had been given advance notice of the comments the Chancellor had made in a speech to the Social Market Foundation last night, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor spoke on a daily basis, as you would expect. It wasn’t our policy to brief on private conversations.

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  1. Shree Hindu Community Centre
    Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir

    541a Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, B11 2JP

    email: admin@shcc.org.uk

    Representing the Hindu Community in South Birmingham


    Shree Hindu Community Centre is appalled to see the terrorist attacks yesterday on the London transport system and condemn, in the strictest terms, the ghastly and inhuman attack on the innocent public and human dignity.

    We commend the quick and planned rescue and safety operations undertaken by the Police and all the emergency services, and the general public for showing the restraint and resilience and resuming normal life.

    We extend our most profound condolences to the relatives of the deceased and heartfelt sympathies to the injured and wish them speedy recovery.

    In our daily service, we will dedicate special prayers for the deceased and for courage for their family to bear the sad and unnecessary loss of life.

    Hindus, being a peaceful society, urges all communities to work together to heal the wounds and scars of horrible atrocity, and we strongly urge all to support authorities in their steadfast pursue of perpetrators.

    Mahendra Dabh, MSc, FRSA
    Shree Hindu Community Centre
    Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir
    541a Warwick Road,
    B11 2JP
    M: 07973 821 378

    Comment by Mahendra Dabhi — 8 Jul 2005 on 3:33 pm | Link

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