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Police Inquiry

Asked if the police, following their statement about their inquiry, had interviewed anyone from Downing Street, the PMOS in response asked whether it was normal for the government to comment on an ongoing police investigation. Asked whether it was normal for the police to investigate the government, the PMOS suggested that there were all sort of assumptions in that question which he would not be responding to. We were not giving any sort of running commentary on this or any other police ongoing investigation. Put that Downing Street had done so in the past therefore should they infer that the Prime Minister had been questioned, the PMOS answered no.

Asked by the Evening Standard for a factual answer that was not a comment, the PMOS pointed out that giving a fact would be giving a comment, but in order to be clear there had been no change in the position vis-à-vis the Prime Minister. Asked if he expected an imminent change, the PMOS said that he did not. As he had always said in relation to this he would not give a running commentary. Put that it was matter of public interest if for instance someone like the Chief of Staff had been interviewed, the PMOS suggested that the Evening Standard was disappearing up an alley which, although there were other ways to describe it, in this room he would only describe as blind. Asked if he would let journalists know of a position change, the PMOS responded that they asked the questions and he answered them. He would also guide them when they were disappearing up something. So far they had spent 6 minutes asking about nothing. We were not going to give a running commentary on this matter.

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