» Thursday, June 15, 2006


Asked how much of the football match between England and Trinidad & Tobago the Prime Minister expected to see, the PMOS said that obviously first and foremost today the Prime Minister was fulfilling his obligations in representing the Government at the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations. He would then go to Europe and because of the previous event would arrive slightly later for the meeting, however Margaret Beckett would be there for the whole of the meeting. In terms of the football, he would watch as much as he can.

Asked if he would miss the photo the PMOS said that it seemed likely that he would given that he was going to be late for the meeting. Asked if Margaret Beckett would have to miss the football, the PMOS said that he was sure that the Prime Minister and Margaret Beckett would devise some working arrangement. Put to him that this sent a message that the Prime Minister was happy for women to do all the work while the chaps put their feet up and watched the football, the PMOS said that, with the greatest of respect, rushing to Northolt and flying to a summit to discuss serious matters was hardly putting ones feet up. He was sure that journalists would be missing the match for that very reason. Asked if Margaret Beckett was a football fan, the PMOS said that if journalists spoke to the FCO he was sure they would have a detailed Q&A on this subject.

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