Press release

Press briefing: afternoon 27 April 2011

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prime Minister's Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) and the Number 10 street party.


Asked if Ed Miliband or anyone else from the opposition had called to ask the Prime Minister for an apology following his remarks at PMQs, the PMS told the assembled press that no formal request for an apology had been received. The PMS said that the Prime Minister was clearly making a humorous remark, he was mimicking a popular TV advert and no offence was intended.

Asked how the Prime Minister would answer the charge that the remark was ‘patronising, sexist and un-Prime Ministerial’, the PMS reiterated that it had been a humorous remark.

Number 10 street party

Asked who the attendees would be, the PMS replied that guests would include people from the local community, local school children and charities who worked with elderly people in the area. Asked if the Prime Minister and his family would attend, the PMS advised people that they could expect the Prime Minister and his wife to attend.

Asked who would be paying for the event, the PMS replied that it was largely being done on a voluntary basis by Number 10; staff would be supplying food and giving up their time. Asked how many people would be attending, the PMS said around 90 people.