» Monday, January 9, 2006

Reshuffle

Asked if there was likely to be a reshuffle this week, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said he was not anticipating anything today. It would happen when it happened. His line on this had not changed since before Christmas.

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Respect

Asked if there was anything further information about the "Respect" agenda tomorrow, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the important thing was that the Prime Minister would set out the broad picture in his speech in the morning. The PMOS told journalists that 16 Ministers in various regions around the country would highlight various aspects of the "Respect" agenda. This was a very practical action plan which was designed to help people with real problems at a real level. Therefore, what people should do was to judge it as a whole when they see it laid out tomorrow.

Briefing took place at 9:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Smoking

Asked if the Prime Minister was going to allow a free vote on smoking in the health bill, the PMOS said that the position on smoking was as it had been before Christmas. Asked if the Prime Minister had been signalling in his Observer interview that he was relaxed about it, the PMOS said that what he had said in the Observer had echoed precisely what he had said at the press conference just before Christmas.

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General Rose

Asked if there were any further thoughts about General Michael Rose's comments during a radio interview earlier today, the PMOS replied that the only additional comment to add from what he had said in the morning was that the turnout from the Iraqi elections had been 70%, not 68%.

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Leadership

Put to him that there had appeared to be a change in the Prime Minister's answer to the question by Andrew Marr about the length of his leadership when he had refused to reiterate the full third term phrase, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister's position remained the same. The Prime Minister had expressed that best himself.

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EU Constitution

Asked whether the Government thought the EU Constitution needed a drastic rewrite, the PMOS said that the period of reflection would continue until June. It was better to allow that to happen. The Prime Minister had set out in his FT article in June that he believed that the people of Europe actually wanted was for the leaders to concentrate, having now achieved the budget which was no small thing, on what mattered to them which was improving the economic performance of Europe, addressing issues such as energy, which was becoming more relevant by the day and which the Prime Minister, himself, had prefigured in Hampton Court by putting it firmly on the agenda.

Briefing took place at 9:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Respect Action Plan

Asked if the speech tomorrow was the main event, the PMOS said that the plan rolled together the work of seven Whitehall departments and would see sixteen Ministers travelling around the UK highlighting new policies. Asked whether there would be new policy announced, the PMOS said there would be genuine developments and people should judge them tomorrow. There would be new policy and measures that had pulled together work from seven departments.

Briefing took place at 9:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Iraq

Asked about General Rose's comments on the Today programme that the Prime Minister should be impeached, the PMOS said that General Rose was entitled to his view. Equally the Government was perfectly entitled to point out that there had been three democratic elections in Iraq last year for the first time in well over a generation.

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