» Friday, June 11, 2004

Birthday Honours List

The Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said the 2004 Birthday Honours List reflected and paid tribute to outstanding achievement and service right across the community and the nation as a whole. As with previous lists a key aim had been to reward those who worked and served at the sharp end - people who had really changed things, or who had given outstanding service to others in difficult situations.

Briefing took place at 11:45 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

Election Results

Asked how the Prime Minister was made aware of the local election results, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) said that as it was a political matter journalists should speak to the Labour Party. Asked about turnout, the PMS said that all the figures were not in yet but the turnout appeared to be higher. These were not final figures yet but at the moment they stood at around 44% in the pilot areas and in the non-pilot areas approximately 37.5%. The Government was committed to modernising the electoral process and making it easier for people to place their vote. The Government would obviously be looking at the results of the pilot scheme to see how they had worked and if there were any lessons to be learned. Asked if voting was likely to be made compulsory following Malcolm Wicks' comments, the PMS said that she had not heard those comments but she was not aware of any Government plans to make voting compulsory.

Briefing took place at 11:45 | Read whole briefing | Comment (1)

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