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Prime Minister/Interviews

Questioned as to whether the Prime Minister had anything against being interviewed John Humphrys in the light of the Leader of the Opposition’s comments on the Today Programme this morning, and whether he would submit to being interviewed by Mr Humphrys in the future, the PMS said that she was unable to rule anything in or out. She pointed out that the Prime Minister had been interviewed by the Today Programme yesterday. Put to her that he had been interviewed by Jim Naughtie in a pre-record the day before (Monday afternoon), the PMS pointed out that that was because the Prime Minister had been due to depart for the G8 Summit in Georgia yesterday morning. She underlined that we were not in the business of ruling out any interview with any particular individual.

Put to her repeatedly that the Prime Minister had not been interviewed by Mr Humphrys for many years for reasons which were clearly apparent to many, the PMS said that the media might not like the facts, but the truth of the matter was that we were not in the business of ruling out an interview with anybody. She pointed out that there were lots of other people who had not interviewed the Prime Minister over the last few years. Challenged that he only ever seemed to be interviewed by the “herbivores” rather than the “carnivores”, the PMS said that she really had nothing further to add to what she had already said about this matter.

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