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Jim McGovern’s Resignation

Asked for a reaction to Jim McGovern s resignation, the Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the question of the resignation was probably best directed to a political colleague. On the issue of Royal Mail, Lord Mandelson set out the Government s position in his statement yesterday.

Put that Jim McGovern had said that it beggared belief that the Government thought that the best solution was to have a foreign company take a stake in Royal Mail, the PMS replied that as Lord Mandelson had pointed out yesterday, the status quo was untenable, the service was under threat and the choice that we faced was either downgrading that service or acting now to turn things around and secure Royal Mail s future. The recommendations put forward in the Hooper Review included a partnership with an existing operator, which could help bring about the changes that Royal Mail needed.

Asked if the Prime Minister was confident he could get a vote through on this, the PMS said that the Prime Minister and Lord Mandelson were convinced that the recommendations in the Hooper Review were based on sound argument and they intended to make that argument in the weeks and months ahead.

Put that Jim McGovern had been a member of the Government who had objected to Government policy and why was this considered a party issue, the PMS said that Jim McGovern had set out his position and we had set out ours.

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