Press release

Press briefing: afternoon 1 May 2014

The Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on Jeremy Clarkson, legal aid, a meeting with the PM of Japan and Gerry Adams.

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Jeremy Clarkson

Asked about reports of Jeremy Clarkson using racist language, the PMS said that if there were reports of the incident he was sure the BBC would investigate. Any use of the alleged word would be quite wrong.

Asked about the PM’s brother’s involvement in a legal case suspended over apparent legal aid issues, the PMS said the UK had a legal system whereby barristers represented their clients and judges made decisions about cases. The PM felt it was right to reform the legal aid system.

PM of Japan meeting

Asked what was discussed with PM Abe of Japan, the PM said a readout would be issued. Bilateral trade, energy investment and wider global issues had been discussed.

Gerry Adams

Asked about Gerry Adams’ arrest, the PMS said it was an entirely independent matter for the police.

Published 1 May 2014