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Tessa Jowell

Asked by ITN what the Prime Minister thought of the recent coverage of Tessa Jowell, the PMOS said that in terms of ITN, taking into account their Friday night coverage of the Prime Minister’s interview with Michael Parkinson and last night’s report on Tessa Jowell, he wondered whether ITN had given up facts for lent. Aside from that he would leave it for others to judge.

Asked what incentive there was for a minister to insure that they were fully aware of all their financial dealings and the financial dealings of their spouse, the PMOS said that he was asked this question last week and his reply then still stood. Anyone looking at the experience of the last two weeks, should be able to see that that experience was a very strong incentive to clarify matters as quickly as possible. The other important thing to remind people was that the Tessa Jowell had said very firmly that had she known about this, she would have declared it to her Permanent Secretary. She had been, and continued to be as scrupulous as possible in terms of both the ministerial code and the standards commission.

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