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Andrew Parsons/Nicky Woodhouse

Asked if something had happened that had caused the Prime Minister to think again on this issue, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had reflected on this and had decided that they should go back to CCHQ for the reasons the PMS had already set out this morning.

Asked how their duties would change as a result of their change in status, the PMS said that they would no longer be doing a cross-government job and that they would go back to a purely party political role.

Asked if they had received any redundancy payout, the PMS said that they had not been made redundant.

Asked if they would still be able to take pictures of the Prime Minister and invited into Downing Street, the PMS said they would be doing party political work and as leader of the Conservative party, that would involve taking photos or videos of the Prime Minister.

Asked whether meetings in the Prime Minister’s private flat would be considered political events, the PMS said that things concerning the Prime Minister’s role as leader of the Conservative party rather than his role as Prime Minister or head of Government would be party political.

Asked if there was any effect on the other eight individuals from similar political backgrounds who have short-term contracts at the Cabinet Office, the PMS replied that there was not. The PMS added that it was a long established practise that Government departments could employ people on fixed-term contracts, that would continue to be the case and it was not the practice of the Government to check on someone’s political affiliation before employing them.

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