Morning press briefing for 8 August 2011
Monday 8 August 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: economy, PM’s holiday, riots, EU referendum, hanging debate, quangos, MET Commissioner. original source.
Asked about the Prime Minister’s assessment of the economic situation and whether he was reassured by the markets, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) referred the assembled press to the position set out by the Chancellor in his article that morning. The PMS pointed out that clearly the UK was not immune from global events and […]
Asked whether the Prime Minister had contemplated cutting short his holiday at any point, the PMS pointed to the Deputy Prime Minister’s comments that morning where he had said that the Government continued to function in the same way it did during the rest of the year. The PMS said that the Prime Minister has […]
When asked whether the Prime Minister had spoken to Boris Johnson, the PMS said that he wasn’t aware of any call with Boris Johnson but that the Prime Minister had spoken to the Home Secretary and the acting Commissioner of the Met Police the previous day. The PMS added that the Home Secretary had spoken […]
Asked if the Prime Minister thought the 1975 referendum on the EU was the end of the matter, the PMS said the position on the EU referendum was as set out in the Coalition Agreement. original source.
Asked if the Prime Minister would welcome a parliamentary debate on hanging, the PMS said that as he understood that system the public could put forward ideas for things that might be the subject of debate at parliament. Put that it was important for the political class to listen to the public, the PMS said […]
Asked if the Prime Minister was shocked by the series of reports suggesting quangos are continuing to hire people at a rate of knots, the PMS pointed to the very clear rules in place setting out that quangos should only be recruiting people if they were real frontline requirements and that there was a process […]
In response to questions on whether the Prime Minister had approached Bill Bratton to lead the Met, the PMS referred assembled press to the recent Downing Street statement on this subject. original source.
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