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Every day the Prime Minister's Spokesman meets a small coterie of political journalists known as 'the lobby' for a topical chat, or 'briefing'.

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Briefings are now secret.

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:59:17 +0000

In late 2015, it seems the Goverment stopped publishing the summaries of the briefings. If they start again, we’ll pick them up again..

Syrian refugee resettlement

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:20:03 +0000

When asked about Syrian refugee resettlement the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that refugees would continue to arrive in the UK in an extension of the existing asylum seeker resettlement programme, which has already seen over 200 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK. This is in addition to a further 5,000 Syrians granted asylum […]


Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:20:14 +0000

When asked about Syria, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had made his views on Syria and the situation there very clear, adding that the government was committed to reaching a political solution in the country. original source.


Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:20:11 +0000

When asked about reported suggestions for a second independence referendum, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said that the people of Scotland had voted decisively to remain part of the United Kingdom, adding that the Prime Minister thought that, rather than talking about separating, our efforts should be fixed on delivering more powers to Scotland. […]

Independence referendum

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:20:24 +0000

When asked about the independence referendum the PMOS said that the government was focused on delivering more powers for Scotland. original source.

Trade Union Bill (No.2)

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:20:15 +0000

When asked about the Trade Union Bill (No.2) the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) noted that the Bill was debated in the Commons yesterday, and passed through its second reading with a majority. original source.


Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:20:04 +0000

When asked about the precision airstrike in Syria the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was usual when writing to inform the UN that the government noted the legal basis, adding the Prime Minister was clear this was a matter of national security and self-defence. original source.

Northern Ireland

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:50:02 +0000

When asked about the political situation in Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the Prime Minister was gravely concerned about the situation, adding he wanted to see all politicians in Northern Ireland working together to build a better future for the country and working to fulfil its great potential. The PMOS said […]


Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:20:06 +0000

When asked how the government determined its approach, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said it was guided by the threat posed to the UK, adding that the government would examine the scale of the threat and do everything possible to protect British nationals. If the government had concerns about a threat to British nationals […]


Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:50:04 +0000

When asked about the situation in Syria, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government wanted to see a political solution to the crisis in Syria. The PMOS said that if there was an opportunity to work with other partners in the region ? partners that the government had not engaged with as much […]