Press release

Press briefing: afternoon 18 July 2013

The Prime Minister's Spokesperson answered questions on the Cabinet, all-male clubs, David Ward and Nelson Mandela.

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



Asked what was discussed at Cabinet, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson (PMS) said the economy was the focus of the meeting.

All-male clubs

Asked if the Prime Minister’s comments on all-male clubs also applied to schools, the PMS comments confirmed his comments applied to clubs only.

Asked when the Prime Minister stopped being a member of Whites, the PMS said it was in 2008.

Asked if he is a member of any other clubs, the PMS said the Prime Minister was offered an honorary membership of the Carlton Club as leader of the Conservative party, which he only took up after the Carlton began accepting women members.

Asked about Cabinet colleagues’ membership of all-male clubs, the PMS said that was a matter for the individuals concerned.

David Ward

Asked what the Prime Minister thought of David Ward’s suspension, the PMS said that it was a matter for the Liberal Democrats and the House of Commons.

Nelson Mandela

Asked if the Prime Minister had sent any birthday greetings to Nelson Mandela, the PMS confirmed the Prime Minister had sent a tweet.

Published 19 July 2013