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» Friday, September 5, 2014

Scotland

Asked if there were any contingencies in place for a ?Yes? vote, the PMS said ?no? and that the government was entirely focussed on staying in the Union and making the positive case for the UK. Asked about possible PM visits, the PMS said while he could not comment on the PM?s travel plans, the […]

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Rotherham

Asked about the abuse of children in Rotherham, the PMS said the Prime Minister felt it was very important that there was a clear response from the recent report by Professor Alexis Jay. The PMS added the Prime Minister met with the Home Secretary, the Education Secretary and the Secretary of State for Communities and […]

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Ashya King

Asked about Ashya King, the PMS said the Prime Minister felt it was right the CPS was looking into the case against Ashya?s parents, and said that it was important the welfare of Ashya was the focus. On the issue of government action, the PMS stressed that the Home Office and Department of Health were […]

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Online safety

When asked about recent breaches of internet security, the PMS said that internet service providers have a commercial interest in keeping their customers? data safe. original source.

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Scotland

When asked the Secretary of State for Scotland?s view in Cabinet about the referendum, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said he had reiterated the government?s confidence in the clear arguments made by those who want to stay in the UK. The PMS added that ministers wanted Scotland to have the best of both worlds as […]

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Ashya King

Asked for the Prime Minister?s (PM?s) reaction to the CPS withdrawing the arrest warrant against Mr and Mrs King, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said it was his hope that Ashya would be reunited as quickly as possible with his parents. Asked what contact there had been between Downing Street and the Crown Prosecution Service […]

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Prime Minister?s calls

Asked if the PM had made any recent phone calls to foreign leaders on the issue of the Islamic State (IS), the PMS said he had spoken to EU Leaders at the weekend and he would meet with his NATO counterparts on Thursday and the NATO Secretary General on Wednesday. original source.

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ONS figures

When asked about the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) growth revision for the UK economy, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said it is further evidence the government?s long term economic plan is working, but said the job is not yet done. original source.

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Compulsory setting

When asked about the government?s policy on compulsory ?setting? in schools, the PMS said the Prime Minister thinks we need to continue to look at all the ways for every child to get the targeted support they need so they can fulfil their talents and aspirations to the full. original source.

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Iraq/ISIL

Asked about the recent kidnapping and killing of ISIL hostages, the PMS said the UK would continue to work with international partners in tackling the poisonous ideology at the heart of ISIL. On the government?s policy towards Iraq, the PMS stressed the need for a more inclusive government in Baghdad, and highlighted the UK?s humanitarian […]

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NATO

Asked about NATO?s response to threats around the world, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the Prime Minister?s focus during this week?s summit was on maintaining NATO?s resources and political resolve to tackle new and emerging threats. As for the UK?s specific actions, the PMS outlined the government?s £150 billion programme of investment in defence […]

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» Wednesday, August 20, 2014

European Commission

There have been no substantial developments in relation to appointments and portfolios. The next president of the commission is using the traditional Brussels break to think about Commission portfolios. original source.

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Kosher food

It was asked what the PM?s thoughts are on allegations of supermarkets removing kosher foods. The PMS said it is important that we recognise the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to work alongside each other peacefully. She said our efforts should be on making this possible. Back in the UK she said the importance is […]

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Iraq

When asked whether the UK would take Christian refugees from Iraq, the PMS said we have a proud tradition in this country of offering sanctuary to those who are fleeing persecution. She said decisions would be taken on a case by case basis. On the question of whether there is a legal issue with accepting […]

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