Downing Street Says...

Every day the Prime Minister's Spokesman meets a small coterie of political journalists known as 'the lobby' for a topical chat, or 'briefing'.

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» Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Grant Shapps

When asked whether the Prime Minister agreed with claims by the Opposition that Grant Shapps had broken the Ministerial Code, the PMOS said that he did not accept the premise that the Code had been breached in the first place. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Online debates

When asked about whether the Prime Minister intended to participate in an online debate the PMOS confirmed that it was under consideration. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Exit check at ports

When asked about advice to leave early if travelling via ports this summer, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that it was right that exit checks were being implemented and that holidaymakers should check with their travel operators for latest travel advice. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Immigration

When asked about immigration the PMOS said the Prime Minister?s position was widely known, in that net migration to the UK was too high; adding that the Prime Minister wanted to see net migration come down. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Economy

When asked about the government?s fiscal decisions over the course of the Parliament, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that in dealing with the deficit the government had made difficult decisions, but in a way which clearly demonstrated its priorities, like the protection of the NHS budget for example. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, March 16, 2015

Grant Shapps

When asked about Grant Shapps and second jobs, confusion over the dates of employment the PMOS said that where a mistake has been made it should be explained, and went on to note that everything had been set out, as required, in the Register of Members? Interests. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Muslim Brotherhood

When asked about the expected report into the Muslim Brotherhood, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the government has just updated the House with a Written Ministerial Statement confirming that it will be published alongside the government?s Counter-Extremism Strategy as soon as possible. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Friday, March 6, 2015

Civil Service Election Preparations

When asked about the Cabinet Secretary?s letter to SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon relating to Civil Service election preparations, the PMOS said the Prime Minister?s views were set out in the letter. Namely, that it was the long standing position of the Civil Service that discussions were held with the principal UK opposition parties in the […]

Briefing took place at 9:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

TV debates

When asked about the TV debates, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister?s Director of Communications had set out the Prime Minister?s position in his letter to the broadcasters. original source.

Briefing took place at 9:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ukraine

When asked about the upcoming discussion between the Prime Minister and Presidents Obama, Hollande, and Tusk and Chancellor Merkel, and Prime Minister Renzi, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the focus would be on Ukraine, with discussions on ensuring the implementation of the Minsk agreements and how the international community could support President […]

Briefing took place at 11:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

North Sea

When asked about the government?s position regarding the purchase of North Sea Oil assets, the PMOS said that there was a specific legal procedure and the government had made clear its view. original source.

Briefing took place at 11:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parliamentary language

When asked about the conduct of MPs in the House, the PMOS said that there were long-standing rules about parliamentary language and that the Speaker monitored this. original source.

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Defence spending

When asked about defence spending, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) reiterated that the UK does meet the 2% target. He highlighted the 10-year investment of over £150 billion for defence equipment, and when asked about spending from 2016 he added that it would be for a future spending review to set budgets for 2016-17 […]

Briefing took place at 12:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Monday, February 23, 2015

MPs? outside interests

When asked about MPs? outside interests, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) reiterated the Prime Minister?s comments that he did not view a Chamber full of professional politicians with no outside experience as a good thing. He said the Prime Minister had also said that there needed to be proper rules around transparency and disclosure. […]

Briefing took place at 16:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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