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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» Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cabinet

Asked about the Prime Minister?s reshuffle of his cabinet, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that in his speech at Bloomberg, the Prime Minister said there was a need for Britain?s relationship with the EU to be renegotiated and that the Cabinet shares the Prime Minister?s views on Europe. Asked about Baroness Stowell?s appointment, the […]

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

» Wednesday, July 16, 2014

European Council

Asked if the Prime Minister had any strong views on who should be the next European Council president, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the Prime Minister had stated recently that he believed there were a number of candidates who could do the job well. Asked if the Prime Minister thought the centre left should […]

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

» Monday, July 14, 2014

Motor sports events

Asked for further detail on the Prime Minister?s (PM) announcement on local authorities being able to stage motor sport events on public roads, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that the public had been consulted on this matter and added that there had been many successful sporting events in the UK in recent years. He […]

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

» Friday, July 11, 2014

Patrick Rock

Asked about Patrick Rock and whether government had appointed a welfare officer, the PMS said that no welfare officer had been appointed. Asked who was Patrick Rock?s previous employer, the PMS confirmed that Cabinet Office was his previous employer and that special advisers were employed by government under special adviser terms. original source.

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

Living wage

Asked if the PM had sympathy for public sector workers who struggled financially and were not paid the living wage, the PMS said the government had taken and would continue to take tough decisions on public sector pay to deal with the deficit. He added the PM supported employers who were able to pay the […]

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

Child abuse inquiry

Asked if the Prime Minister (PM) still believed Baroness Butler-Sloss was the right person to lead the overarching child abuse inquiry, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the PM did and that she commanded widespread respect for both her professional expertise and integrity. original source.

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

Home Office inquiry

When asked about Baroness Butler-Sloss? status as the head of the inquiry, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said the Prime Minister?s (PM) view had not and would not change. original source.

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

Strikes

When asked about the statistics for today?s public sector strikes, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said that government?s figures are drawn from specific returns from those organisations where strike action has taken place. Fewer than 80,000 civil servants have taken part in the strikes and the Local Government Association estimated 95% of local council staff […]

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

» Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Home Office inquiry

Asked when the terms of reference of the overarching inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations by public institutions would be announced, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) said they would be published as soon as possible after the Home Secretary had discussed them with the chair of the Panel. Asked about why Baroness Butler-Sloss […]

Briefing took place at 13:50 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

» Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Afghanistan

Asked for the Prime Minister?s thoughts on Lord Richards? comments on news British troops would be pulling out of Afghanistan, the PMS said the Prime Minister had always been clear there would be a gradual process of drawing down rather than a ?cliff edge? approach when withdrawing from Afghanistan. Asked how long the Prime Minister […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Cabinet

Asked to clarify whether the business case for Universal Credit had been passed, the Prime Minister?s Spokesperson (PMS) pointed to the Nicky Morgan MP PQ answer to Stephen Timms MP, which stated there was a gradual roll-out process and the Treasury had approved funding for the programme in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The PMS added this […]

Briefing took place at 16:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Child abuse

Asked why the government had decided to announce a new review into child abuse allegations, the PMS said the Prime Minister was determined to get to the bottom of the many questions surrounding these allegations. The PMS explained that there would be 2 main elements. First, a review of the Home Office handling of information […]

Briefing took place at 14:20 | Read whole briefing | Comments (0)

Extremism

Asked if there was any further update on tackling extremism or removing extremist content from the internet, the PMS said that the government continued to work with internet service providers and that removing extremist material was a part of tackling the problem. The PMS added that the government had banned 72 so-called hate preachers and […]

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

Relations with President Putin

Asked about relations with President Putin, the PMS said that Britain had a straightforward relationship with Russia: where we disagree we said so directly. He added that the Prime Minister had been leading in bringing about international action – including sanctions – against Russia over Ukraine and Crimea. original source.

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

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