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Asia 2015

Asked what the Asia 2015 Conference was about, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that it was about promoting growth and ending poverty. It was being co-hosted by the Department for International Development, the Asia Development Bank and the World Bank. The Foreign Secretary was also hosting a related dinner this evening and he would have talks with Prime Minister Aziz tomorrow.

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Tessa Jowell

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Margaret Beckett's assessment today during an interview that what was being witnessed was a witch-hunt with regards to Tessa Jowell, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) wanted to first of all stress that someone had suggested to him that Margaret Beckett was only put out this morning to sell a line: she was not. Margaret Beckett chose to go on herself, and voice her support for Tessa Jowell in what was a difficult time. Everybody recognised that this was a difficult time, but as we had made clear at the weekend, Tessa Jowell continued to enjoy the Prime Minister's full support, and she should be allowed to get on and do her job.

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Tessa Jowell

Asked why the Prime Minister was not at DCMS questions, the PMOS said, as we had already explained, the Prime Minister was holding a seminar on trust school sponsors. Asked if the Prime Minister had any reaction to Sir Philip Mawer's comments that Tessa Jowell did not need to make any changes to her register of interests, the PMOS said, as he had last week, we believed that Tessa Jowell had been scrupulous in trying to ensure that she maintained the ministerial code and met the standards set by the standards commissioner. Therefore we were not surprised by Sir Philip Mawer's comments as were reported.

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Taoiseach Meeting

Asked for further information about the Prime Minister's meeting with the Taoiseach on Wednesday, the PMOS said that this would be a stock-take exercise and how we moved things forward. As the PMOS had said before, the Prime Minister had a clear idea about what he believed should happen, and as we were all aware, and it should come as no surprise, there were different views shared between the Parties. What was important was that the two Governments agreed on how we moved things forward. The PMOS said that what he would not lead people to expect was any great announcement after Wednesday, or any joint press conference.

Briefing took place at 6:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)


Asked about the possibility of Iran sanctions, the PMOS said that the important thing was that everybody recognised the size of majority on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to have this matter reported to the UN. People should take it one step at a time. There was a very strong message that Iran was being sent today, and the vote by the IAEA was 27 to 3 that had agreed, and this was an almost unique vote in terms of agreement being reached.

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