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'.

Downing Street Says... is an unofficial site that lets you read summaries of these briefings and add your own comments. Want to know more?

» Monday, December 8, 2014

Autumn Statement

When asked about the government?s approach to borrowing, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) pointed to the Chancellor?s Autumn Statement which set out why the government?s approach was the right one. When asked about the Chancellor?s comments relating to the BBC?s coverage of the Autumn Statement, the PMOS said the Prime Minister shared the Chancellor?s […]

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

Food banks

When asked about the All Party Parliamentary Group?s report on food banks, the PMOS said the report was welcomed and contained a number of good ideas that were being carefully looked at. He added that the key thing was increasing living standards, and that was what the government was doing in terms of its agenda […]

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

Police funding

When asked about police funding, the PMOS said there would continue to be difficult decisions around future public spending. He referred to comments made by the Chancellor, who said there has been scope for significant savings alongside a fall in crime and that there is more that can be done in terms of efficiency and […]

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

Turkey

When asked about the Prime Minister?s upcoming trip to Turkey, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister would be meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu and President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and their discussions would involve events in Syria and Iraq, including counter-terrorism and humanitarian issues, and bilateral trade. original source.

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

» Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jeremy Thorpe

When asked about the death of Jeremy Thorpe, the PMOS said the Prime Minister expressed his condolences to Mr Thorpe?s friends and family. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Autumn Statement

When asked about the spending cuts mentioned in the Autumn Statement, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Chancellor had been quite clear that there are going to have to be further difficult decisions and that this government already had a track record of taking those decisions and implementing them. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, December 3, 2014

East Coast Mainline franchise

When asked about the East Coast Mainline franchise, the PMOS referred to the comments made by the Secretary of State to the Shadow Minister during the debate in the House earlier in the day. original source.

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

Devolution ? English votes for English laws

When asked about devolution and English votes for English laws, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister has said he will set out his proposals before Christmas, and pointed to the Prime Minister?s comments at the Liaison Committee last week. original source.

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

» Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Deficit

When asked about the deficit, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government was continuing to make difficult decisions but it was right to stick to the long term economic plan. He referred to the Treasury?s documentation on spending reductions as set out in the March Budget. original source.

Briefing took place at 18:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Hong Kong

When asked about the Foreign Affairs Select Committee being denied visas to travel to Hong Kong, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said Minister of State Hugo Swire had met with a Chinese Vice-Minister Guo Yezhou in London, as part of a scheduled meeting earlier that day, during which the minister set out the government?s […]

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

Gordon Brown

When asked about reports that the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was not seeking re-election as an MP in 2015, the PMOS said the Prime Minister wished him well, adding that he was someone who was dedicated to public service and had worked very hard for other people. original source.

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

Hong Kong

When asked about the Foreign Affairs Select Committee not being granted visas to travel to Hong Kong, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson said the Prime Minister believed the decision was a mistaken one. He said it only served to amplify concerns about the situation in Hong Kong, rather than diminish them. He added that there […]

Briefing took place at 10:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Wednesday, November 26, 2014

European freedom of movement

When asked about freedom of movement and access to benefits, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister has been making the case for the need for further reform for some time. He added that the Prime Minister will continue to talk to his EU counterparts throughout the period of discussion on this […]

Briefing took place at 19:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Intelligence and Security Committee report

When asked about the Intelligence and Security Committee report, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister would give his statement later in the day. original source.

Briefing took place at 17:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

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