National Democratic Renewal Council (DRC)
The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) began by telling the assembled press that the Prime Minister would give a statement to Parliament tomorrow to update the Government s position on the modernisation of Parliament and democratic renewal. Asked for a flavour of what kind of announcements and what proposals would be made, the PMS advised people [...]
Asked to what extent the Prime Minister thought the election of two BNP MEPs was a strong argument against proportional representation, the PMS said that that was a party political question and he would refer people to the Labour Party. Asked whether the Prime Minister thought that elected representatives should be pelted with eggs, the [...]
Department for Business
Asked what the Prime Minister thought about Sir Alan Sugar s involvement with the BBC, the PMS said that that was a matter for Sir Alan Sugar and the BBC. Asked about the composition of the department and whether DIUS was being incorporated into it, the PMS said the whole of that department would now be [...]
The Prime Minister s Spokesman (PMS) said that at Cabinet this morning there was a discussion of the Constitutional Renewal agenda and an update on the economy led my Liam Byrne, the new Chief Secretary. It was agreed that a further Cabinet meeting would be held on Friday for the duration of the morning, [...]
National Democratic Renewal Council
Asked who would attend the NDRC, the PMS said that the Prime Minister would chair the meeting and the following people would attend; Jack Straw, Harriet Harman, Lord Mandelson, Alistair Darling, David Miliband, Alan Johnson, Hilary Benn, Douglas Alexander, John Denham, Shaun Woodward, Baroness Royall, Jim Murphy, Peter Hain, Michael Wills, Nick Brown and Steve [...]
Asked about the situation regarding Shahid Malik, the PMS said that the full Ministerial list of Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State would be released imminently. Sir Philip Mawer, the Prime Minister s independent advisor on the Ministerial Code, had found that Mr Malik had not breached the Code; this was on the basis of [...]
Asked if the Prime Minister accepted that he was on probation, the PMS said that the Prime Minister accepted that the Government needed to do more in order to take action and help people through these difficult economic times, more to push ahead with the reform and delivery of public services, and more in order [...]
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