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Asked about the Prime Minister’s reaction to today’s PMQs and did he think that they had gone well, and was he taken aback by the lack of support from the backbenchers, the PMOS said that he was not going to get into party matters, as people knew. The Prime Minister had acknowledged today, as he had also done during his recent press conference that everybody knew that it had been a difficult time. The key question was: was the a Prime Minister and the Government still delivering on the election manifesto it was elected on a year ago? The PMOS said whether it was on health, on education, where the Prime Minister would argue very strongly that the reform process was up and running, and needed to be kept going, and where hard decisions, such as tuition fees and foundation hospitals and City Academies were paying off. The PMOS also said it was issues such as Europe and today we had clear evidence that the vision the Prime Minister had set out was paying off, and was being driven through. We also had upcoming issues, especially in the field of pensions and energy where again, there will be hard decisions that have to be taken in the interests of the country, and the Prime Minister was quite prepared to do that.

Asked how the Prime Minister had thought his performance had gone, and had there been any reaction, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister, both at the press conference, and today, explicitly recognised that the Government had been going through a difficult time. Given the issues that had been around, it would have been surprising if that had not been reflected today.

Asked if the difficulties had therefore been recognised at PMQs, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister recognised that there had been a difficult time. Equally, however, as the Prime Minister had said at PMQs, the important question was whether there was an ongoing policy agenda which was being addressed, and whether policies were being developed which needed to be addressed for the future. The Prime Minister believed that the answer to both of those, present and future, was yes. Time would show that the Government was in the right place in terms of policy.

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