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Asked the Prime Minister’s take on the continuing speculation about his position, the PMS said that she had absolutely no intention of participating in all the froth about this issue. The Prime Minister and the Government were focussing on the things which really mattered to the people of this country. As people were no doubt aware for example, both unemployment and crime figures were falling; the recent Crisp report had shown that NHS waiting lists were being cut; education and childcare services had also been improving, as Margaret Hodge’s announcement today demonstrated. Clearly the investment the Government was putting into our public services, allied to reform, was making a difference. Asked if she would agree that this message was being drowned out by the issue of Iraq, the PMS said she would not deny the fact that there were some real challenges in Iraq. Needless to say, we would continue to face up to them, as we had underlined once again this morning.

Asked who she thought was generating all the froth about the Prime Minister, the PMS said that as a Civil Servant she obviously had no idea. Asked if she would agree with the suggestion that journalists were responsible – and if so, how that would account for the Deputy Prime Minister’s comments over the weekend, the PMS said that the Deputy Prime Minister had put out a statement clarifying his words on Saturday. She had nothing further to add.

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