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Deputy Prime Minister

Put that it was known that the Prime Minister was meeting the Deputy Prime Minister and had he spoken to the Home Secretary today too, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister spoke to his Cabinet colleagues on a regular basis but it was not our habit to brief on such conversations. In order to avoid any misunderstanding people should for this Bank Holiday week treat today, Tuesday, as if it were a Monday and Monday was the day the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister regularly met. Asked why the Deputy Prime Minister was keeping a low profile, the PMOS said it was for the ODPM to speak on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, but his understanding was that the Deputy Prime Minister was fulfilling the same engagements that he had always intended to fulfil today.

Asked whether Sir John Bourn had been asked to look into John Prescott, the PMOS said, for the third time, the answer was no. Asked why not, the PMOS said referred journalists to what was said at the time of Sir John’s appointment for the circumstances in which Sir John Bourn would look into things. Asked whether it fell under his remit, the PMOS said he would not get into discussing allegations. He would simply refer them to what he had said at the time of Sir John Bourn’s appointment.

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