Sir Ian Blair/London Terror
Asked what the Prime Minister’s thoughts were about the case, the PMS said it was not appropriate to comment on the case. The IPPC were conducting an independent investigation, and the Prime Minister wanted that investigation to continue and be completed.
Asked how we would react to the criticism that it was not the Prime Minister who was most at risk, but it was much more likely to be ordinary citizens who would be the target of a terror attack, and the Prime Minister should not be as sensitive about his own security, the PMS replied that we did not discuss the Prime Minister’s security. The Prime Minister was well aware that thousands of people used public transport in London every day and that there was a lot of work going on to protect people as they went about their business.
Asked how the Prime Minister could have full confidence in the Commissioner when it was being alleged that Sir Ian Blair did not know for twenty four hours that the wrong man had been shot, the PMS said that operational issues were a matter for the Metropolitan Police, but the Prime Minister had full confidence in the Commissioner.
Asked if the fresh statement of confidence yesterday had come about because we had been in touch with the Prime Minister, or whether this had been a stock response, the PMS said we had been asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in the Commissioner and we had said "yes". The PMS said the Prime Minister had been regularly updated in events whilst he had been away.
Asked again why the Prime Minister still had confidence and were they considered "lukewarm", the PMS said she did not know where the journalist had got that idea from. The Prime Minister recognised that the Metropolitan Police, led by Sir Ian Blair did a very difficult job in difficult circumstances, and that they did that job very well.
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