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Letter from the Chief Whip

Asked whether the PMS could shed any more light on the letter sent to Keith Vaz by the Chief Whip, the PMS said that the Chief Whip had been making it clear that this had been intended as a light-hearted letter.

Put that there was no question that the letter had been sent as quoted, the PMS repeated that the Chief Whip had made clear that it was meant as a light-hearted letter. Asked whether the Prime Minister viewed it in that way, the PMS said that it was raised as a question at PMQ’s and the Prime Minister had answered it.

Asked whether the Prime Minister had completed his answer or was he in the middle of doing so, the PMS replied that he had seen what other people had seen, which was the Prime Minister attempting to answer, the Speaker calling order and then calling the next question. The Prime Minister was doing what he was told to do by the Speaker, which is what he would always do. Asked whether he thought the Speaker was rescuing the Prime Minister from a difficult situation, the PMS said that it was not for him to put any sort of interpretation on events that we could all see for ourselves. Asked whether the Prime Minister had had anything else to say on the matter, the PMS replied that unfortunately we would never know.

Asked whether letters were sent to any other MP’s, the PMS said questions about the Chief Whip’s personal hand-written letters were best addressed to the Chief Whips Office.

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