» Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Other Business

Asked if John Prescott was value for money, the PMOS said if you looked at the number of cabinet committees that he chaired and if you looked at what the Prime Minister had said at the time of the last reshuffle, he had set out quite clearly why he believed John Prescott was an important member of the Government.

Briefing took place at 8:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Prime Minister’s Sport Relief Run

Asked if the Prime Minister was going to do the run himself, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that he was.

Briefing took place at 7:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Sports Relief Mile

Asked how quickly the Prime Minister completed the Sports Relief Mile today, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that he hadn't thought it polite to ask. Asked how the Prime Minister had felt after his run, the PMOS said that he had been glad to finish. Asked if the Prime Minister had consulted his cardiologist before participating, the PMOS said that, as he had said this morning, the Prime Minister took regular exercise. Questioned further the PMOS said that he never commented on the Prime Minister's private medical matters. Asked if the Prime Minister would do a run with the Lobby for Comic Relief, the PMOS said in that case he thought it wouldn't be the Prime Minister who would require a cardiologist.

Briefing took place at 7:00 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Afghanistan

Put to him that the Afghanistan President had said today that there weren't enough troops in Afghanistan and asked if the Prime Minister agreed, the PMOS said that he hadn't seen the Afghanistan President's comments but troop numbers were decided by operational commanders on the ground, they had the resources necessary for the task. They were in a far better position to make those decisions than we were. We should be clear that the very sad deaths today were down to those who attacked British troops and nothing less. We shouldn't make it any more complicated then it was. Obviously our thoughts were with the friends and families of those who had lost their lives. Put to him that there had been criticism that British troops were not as well protected as they might be due with the type of vehicles used, the PMOS said again that that was down to the operational judgement on the ground. That was not something he was going to second guess.

Briefing took place at 7:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Charles Clarke-Home Office

Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed that Charles Clarke had felt that he had to do a set of calculated interviews, the PMOS replied that Charles Clarke had not hidden his disappointment on the day that he left Cabinet. Therefore, it was not surprising that he had expressed that disappointment in the way that he had. However, it was sometimes the duty of Prime Ministers to decide when a department was in trouble, as was reported at length at the time, but it was also sometimes the job of the Prime Minister to decide when a department needed new leadership. The Prime Minister had decided that that was right at the Home Office. The Prime Minister also, however, recognised fully at the time the contribution that Mr. Clarke and the other Home Secretaries in this Government had made to the Home Office, which was why he had offered Mr. Clarke another job in Cabinet, which Mr. Clarke decided for his own reasons not to take.

Briefing took place at 7:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Lad Magazines

Asked if the Prime Minister had any sympathy for Clare Curtis-Thomas' view on lads mags, the PMOS said that that would be left to the individual concerned.

Briefing took place at 7:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Charles Clarke

Asked why the Prime Minister had chosen to comment on Charles Clarke's comments this morning in response to a question of whether this was his "Geoffrey Howe moment" and thus keep the story going, the PMOS said that journalists well knew how the story would have been written had he chosen not to answer the question. As he said this morning, Charles Clarke had made his disappointment at being moved clear on the day. Therefore it shouldn't come as a surprise that he would continue to feel that way or express those feelings. Equally the Prime Minister had made clear his high regard for Charles Clarke by offering him an alternative Cabinet post which Charles Clarke had turned down. That had been his choice.

Briefing took place at 7:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, June 26, 2006

Charles Clarke

Put to the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) that Charles Clarke's letter to the Select Committee made clear that he knew nothing about the foreign prisoners being deported in March 2005, and had the Prime Minister also known nothing about the foreign prisoners being deported, the PMOS said that we had gone over this at the time, and the PMOS had nothing to add, as he was not getting into processology. We had set out the sequence of when people had known what, and there was nothing further to say.

Briefing took place at 6:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (2)

A year after Glenagles

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) outlined the speech the Prime Minister would deliver this evening at King's College London. The Prime Minister would set out the progress made since Gleneagles on Africa and Climate Change. He would announce that he was establishing the Africa Progress Panel, which was something that the Commission for Africa had called for. It would be a panel of world leaders from all sectors to ensure that the promises made at Gleneagles on Africa were kept. Kofi Annan had agreed to co-chair the panel. Bob Geldof and President Obasanjo were also on the panel as was Peter Eigen, the founder of Transparency International. Other panel members would be announced at a later date. The Gates Foundation had agreed to fund the panel and the secretariat.

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

Northern Ireland

Asked that in the spirit of looking forward, not back, what was happening with the Northern Ireland visit later in the week, the PMOS said that we had set up a Committee for Preparing for Government to try and meet the deadline of 24th November for restoration of devolution. The Prime Minister and the Taoseach would meet the parties on Thursday essentially to assess what had happened, and also to ensure that momentum continued towards the November deadline.

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

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