Asked about the forthcoming EU Council and the outcome, the PMS said the Prime Minister’s (PM) view is clear and has not changed. Support for reform is widely shared and the PM will continue to make his case with all his counterparts. Each country will set out its position.
Asked about the powers of the Bill, the PMS pointed to the procedures in the draft Recall Bill that went out for consultation 18 months ago. The Recall Bill will be an opportunity for constituents to petition for recall when 1 of the 2 conditions in the draft legislation is met.
Asked about the government position on the Iraq situation, the PMS said the position was set out in the statement given after this week’s National Security Council. The government’s approach is to engage diplomatically in support of a broad based Iraqi government, which recognise the importance of Shi’a, Sunni and Kurdish communities being properly represented.
Asked about comments made by Helen Grant MP, the PMS said the choice was for individuals and families to make. The PM and his family regularly holiday in England.