» Monday, December 3, 2007

Party Funding

Asked to clarify whether Wendy Alexander had offered to resign over the weekend, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that it was not for him to answer questions on Wendy Alexander as she had no Government position, she was a Labour Party officer. Asked if Lobby would be informed if the Prime Minister were to […]

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Sudan

The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) started by highlighting the Prime Minister’s statement and the words he recorded whilst at the Royal Marsden Hospital, regarding Gillian Gibbons’ release. The PMS read out the Prime Minister’s statement; ‘I was delighted and relieved to hear the news that Gillian Gibbons is to be freed. Common sense has prevailed. […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Russia

Asked about the Prime Minister’s reactions to the elections in Russia, the PMS said the final results were yet to come through but that the Foreign Office had made their position clear this morning. It was vital that the Russian Central Election Commission urgently investigated all allegations of electoral abuses. original source.

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Flood Heroes Reception

Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency’s comments, on a Dispatches programme to be aired tonight, warning insurance companies to stop giving cover to people in certain circumstances, the PMS said that she had not yet seen the Dispatches programme but that the Department for Communities and Local […]

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Child Poverty

Put that the Government was not going to meet its 2010 target on reducing child poverty, the PMS said that the Government remained absolutely committed to the promise which had been made in halving child poverty by 2010, on the way to eradicating it by 2020. We obviously recognised that this was an ambitious target […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Afghanistan

Asked if the Prime Minister was still intending on making a statement to Parliament on Afghanistan, the PMS replied yes. Asked if the Prime Minister had learned from his experience over the Iraq statement regarding statements being made to the House of Commons first, the PMS said that journalists would be kept up to date […]

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Lord Ashdown

Asked if the Prime Minister was supporting Lord Ashdown as a potential international representative for Afghanistan, the PMS replied that the appointment was ultimately a decision for the UN Secretary General and she would not speculate on individuals being mentioned at this stage. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

EU African Summit

Asked if the fact that the Prime Minister was sending a government representative to the EU African Summit compromised his former position, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister’s position remained exactly the same and it was felt that Baroness Amos was the correct representation for the Prime Minister on this occasion. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Misc

When asked about the Barnett Formula, the appointment of the chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and old people’s care, the PMS said that she would return to journalists with answers to their respective questions. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:00 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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