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Pre-Briefs/Speeches and David Miliband Speech

Asked if pre-briefs to the press regarding a speech should reflect the content of the speech, the PMS said yes.

Asked if there was concern regarding discrepancies between pre-briefs on a speech and the content of the final speech, the PMS said that that was not something for him to comment on and furthermore it was something he would not want to comment on.

Asked if the Prime Minister spoke to the Foreign Secretary before he made his speech, the PMS said that the Prime Minister spoke to the Foreign Secretary on an almost daily basis.

Asked if the Prime Minister spoke to the Foreign Secretary about the speech he gave yesterday, the PMS repeated what he had said yesterday, which was that if the Foreign Secretary was giving a major speech on foreign policy then of course that would be discussed with the Prime Minister just as the Prime Minister spoke, at great length and on many occasions, to the Foreign Secretary ahead of his speech on foreign policy on Monday (12 November).

Asked if the Prime Minister had specifically asked David Miliband to remove passages from his speech, the PMS said that the content of the Foreign Secretary’s speech was a matter for the Foreign Secretary.

Put that the PMS had just said it was a matter for both of them, the PMS said that in terms of the substance of the policy measures which were announced, obviously that was something which was discussed between the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary but how exactly the Foreign Secretary chose to express that was a matter for him.

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