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 to clean up politics. That was why we would be setting out further proposals around introducing more transparency and accountability into our democratic processes. We would also be saying more over the next weeks about other policy areas and how they were being taken forward. There was much more we could do, these were very difficult times and the Prime Minister was not complacent. The Government needed to continue to do more in order to address the concerns of people in the country.
Asked if the Government would intervene in the decision to play the England v Andorra match without spectators, the PMS said our understanding was that the situation was still being considered.
Asked if the Government would intervene with the tube strikes, the PMS said that the Prime Minister felt that any action to disrupt the smooth running of the underground network would be disappointing and completely unnecessary. We looked to all parties to continue to negotiate to end this strike, which would only serve to inconvenience millions of commuters and visitors.
Asked if the Prime Minister was talking to opposition leaders about the inquiry into the Iraq war, the PMS said that it had always been our intention to have an inquiry once our troops had left Iraq, and that was why the Prime Minister had asked Sir Gus O Donnell to provide advice as to the right process and format of such an inquiry.
Asked if the Prime Minister had any planned talks with Chancellor Merkel or President Sarkozy in the wake of the European elections, the PMS said that there was a European Council meeting coming up where there would be an opportunity to discuss the economic situation.
Asked about Michelle Obama s visit to Downing Street yesterday, the PMS said he could confirm that a private visit took place yesterday.
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