Asked that given the Prime Minister's words this morning, could it be assumed that he would be staying until June, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that the Prime Minister had actually said he was not going to comment further, he would also keep to that rule. Put to him that the when the Prime Minister had been asked whether he would be attending the European Conference in June, he had replied 'of course', the PMOS replied that he would not comment further and would let the Prime Minister's words speak for themselves.
State of the Union
Asked that given the Prime Minister's "equivocal" support for the Union this morning, what would he be doing personally to celebrate or mark the event, the PMOS confirmed that the reporter was being ironic and then pointed the journalist to what the Prime Minster had said earlier. Rather than fireworks or other forms of celebration, the Prime Minister felt that his main contribution would be to put forward the argument for the Union, which he did forcibly earlier today.
Asked what the Prime Minister had meant when he said that some of the people who were covering the BAe story had an agenda, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister thought that some people were hostile to the defence industry, and were hostile to that type of contract. But the Prime Minister believed that it was in Britain's national interest.
Asked if there was anything in particular worth reading in the Policy Review documents and shown reams of paper by the Daily Telegraph reporter that he had just printed off the Cabinet Office website, the PMOS replied that it would ruin the entire point if he was to pre-judge the content, so the pleasure was all the reporters.
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"New New Labour"
Asked by the BBC if the Prime Minister had invented a new party this morning "New New Labour", the PMOS replied that this would take him into party politics and whether this was new, new new, or old politics, he would refuse to go there.
Prime Minister’s Newspapers
Asked if the Prime Minister really did not read the newspapers except once a month when preparing for his press conference, the PMOS replied that this was private business for the Prime Minister. He added that he got paid to read them for the Prime Minister and break the bad news to him. Asked if this meant that the Prime Minister just read the digest, the PMOS replied that the Prime Minister would be aware of the content, whether he wished to be so, or not!
Senior Salaries Review Body
Asked for details on the response to the Senior Salaries Review, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that formally we would publish the report, and the Leader’s Office would publish the response around the same time. Asked what the Government’s position was on whether there should be restraint on the pensionable salary as opposed to […]
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