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No10 Bullying

Asked if the Cabinet Secretary had spoken to Andrew Rawnsley about allegations on how the Prime Minister treated junior staff in No10, the PMS said that he did not know. Put that Andrew Rawnsley had described his source as 24 carat so people might deduce that it was the Cabinet Secretary, the PMS advised people to address any further questions to the Cabinet Office.

Put that it was made clear on Newsnight last night, that the Cabinet Secretary was the source, the PMS said he disagreed with that interpretation. Asked if the subject of bullying was brought up at Cabinet, the PMS said that it was not.

Put that Ed Balls had said during an interview on Five Live that the Prime Minister had been upset by the allegations, the PMS said he thought that anyone would feel unhappy if there had been allegations of bullying made against them. The Prime Minister had made his views clear on the situation during an Economist interview yesterday.

Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to John Prescott recently, the Prime Minister said not that he was aware of, but he knew the two of them kept in touch.

Put that according to Andrew Rawnsley’s book, the Cabinet Secretary had said to the Prime Minister this is no way to get things done and was this correct, the PMS replied that both No10 and the Cabinet Office had put out statements on this issue and there was nothing further to add.

Asked if the Cabinet Secretary had raised any concerns with the Prime Minister over the conduct of his aides, the PMS said that he had nothing more to add following the statements by No10 and the Cabinet Office.

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