Morning press briefing for 15 August 2011
Monday 15 August 2011 Press briefing from the Prime Minister’s spokesperson on: riots, Bill Bratton, credit rating agencies, 50p tax rate and Libya. original source.
Asked whether the Government was planning to cut the benefits of people who have been accused of rioting, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman, (PMS), said that the Government was looking at a range of things that it might do, as the Prime Minister had set out earlier in the morning. The PMS said that the Home […]
Asked whether the Prime Minister was satisfied that the Bill Bratton issue was now settled, the PMS said that the criteria for the post of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner stated that applicants needed to be British citizens, which Bill Bratton was not. original source.
Credit ratings agencies
Asked how much credence the Prime Minister and Chancellor give to credit ratings agencies, the PMS replied that credit ratings agencies provide analysis and information to markets. Put that the policies of various governments were predicated on making sure that their credit rating was not downgraded, the PMS responded that ultimately the issue was whether […]
50p tax rate
Asked whether the Prime Minister thought the 50p tax rate should be scrapped, the PMS responded that tax decisions were taken by the Chancellor in budgets and added that in the budget earlier this year, the Treasury had said that they had asked the Office for Budget Responsibility to look at the revenues being raised […]
Asked whether we were at the tipping point in Libya, the PMS responded that we had seen some progress over the weekend which was welcome. The PMS added that the Government had been saying for some time that it thought the NATO operation was proving successful in eroding Qadhaffi’s ability to wage war against his […]
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 […]
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