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By-Election Results

Asked if the failure to win the Blaenau Gwent by-election was an indication that the Government was running out of steam, the PMOS said that he was surprised that he was being asked to comment on what was clearly a party matter. What he would say was that if you looked at the agenda that the Prime Minister was currently dealing, such as tackling the issues of welfare reform, the future of pensions, the future of our energy policy, these were all fundamental questions. These were all being driven forward by the Prime Minister as well as reforms in education and health of a very fundamental nature, so that didn’t fit with the description of a Government or a Prime Minister running out of steam.

Asked if it was not a signal that perhaps the Prime Minister should be looking at a different policy direction, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had been elected on a reform agenda just over a year ago. He believed he was following through that agenda. It was a difficult agenda, involving difficult choices. It was for the party to comment on different circumstances in different constituencies, however in terms of the agenda the Prime Minister was following through the agenda set out in the manifesto which the Government was elected on.

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