» Thursday, September 9, 2004


Asked for a reaction to a report in today’s Times suggesting that the Prime Minister had considered pre-announcing in the summer that he would step down before the next election but had been stopped from doing so by the Chancellor, the PMOS said that as we had told journalists when the story had first emerged in July, we did not recognise it. That remained the case. He had nothing further to say about it. Put to him that the story had moved on since then inasmuch as it had been reported that the Chancellor had talked the Prime Minister out of his planned pre-announcement, the PMOS repeated that he did not recognise the story. Asked if he was referring to the July story or today’s story, the PMOS said that there was a common thread linking the two which he did not recognise. Put to him that he had not denied today’s story, the PMOS said that he had answered the question in his own way. He had nothing further to add.

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