Asked if all the engagements the Prime Minister had that afternoon meant he would not be there for the vote on MPs expenses at 5pm, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister would be there for the vote. Asked why Parliament was not voting on grace and favour homes, the [...]
Asked why the Prime Minister was sounding such a confident and optimistic note on Iraq when there were still five British people being held hostage there, the PMS suggested this issue should be seen in the wider context, which was that progress had been made in Iraq as the Prime Minister had mentioned that morning. [...]
Asked if there would be a further statement on swine flu to the House, the PMS said he was not aware of plans for a Commons Statement, but to check with the Department for Health. original source.
Asked what the discussion with the Lebanese President was likely to entail, the PMS said likely issues would be regional issues and the Middle East peace process. Asked whether it was a good use of taxpayer’s money to host a visit by the Lebanese President and whose interests were served by this, the PMS replied that [...]
Asked what the mechanism would be to encourage European partners to do more to help in Afghanistan, like training police etc, the PMS replied that NATO was that mechanism and there were regular meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers and Defence Ministers and that well-established mechanisms were in place both in Iraq and Afghanistan and at [...]
Prime Minister’s Authority
Asked if the situation on allowances/gurkhas reflected the Prime Minister losing authority, the PMS said the Prime Minister was focusing on the big issues that concerned the country, including MPs expenses. The Prime Minister recognised that issues reflecting the Gurkhas were emotive issues, but there were plenty of other big issues facing the country, including [...]
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