David Cameron has called his Greek counterpart to congratulate him on his victory. While the pair did discuss Alexis Tsipras' intenet to tackle corruption there was no sign of them discussing the austerity measures Tsipras is seeking to overturn.
The Prime Minister called Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to congratulate him on being elected as the new Greek Prime Minister. Prime Minister Tsipras thanked the Prime Minister for the call and set out the immediate issues that his Government would be focusing on, in particular in tackling Greece’s economic challenges.
The Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Tsipras’ intention to tackle corruption and increase tax transparency across Greece and said that as a key advocate of these issues, the UK was keen to work closely with the Greek government.
Despite admitting that his requests to extend the party leaders have now been met the Prime Minister still refused to confirm he will definitely be taking part on them.
David Cameron was asked by ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener if he would now take part in the the televised debates, he said:
We're making good progress. I was told that it was appalling and outrageous that I'd suggested you couldn't have one minor party without having the other minor party and i'm delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again.
They've actually come up with rather more minor parties than I had in mind, but I'm sure they've thought it all through and they know what they're doing.
I want to take part and I said they need to do the minor party thing and they've certainly done that.
Prime Minister David Cameron has described the moment he received the hoax call on his Blackberry while taking a walk with his family.
Mr Cameron said the man apologised for waking him up which he said he thought was strange as it was 11am.
He said he ended the call after he asked who it was and the caller told him it was a hoax call.
"No harm was done, no national security was breached", Mr Cameron added.
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It is understood the mobile number given out to the hoax caller for GCHQ director Robert Hannigan was for an unclassified phone rather than one of the secure lines used for sensitive communications.
Security procedures at Downing Street and GCHQ are being reviewed after two hoax calls were made to the Prime Minister and GCHQ today.
A government spokeswoman said a notice had also "gone out to all departments to be on the alert for such calls".
In the first instance, a call was made to GCHQ which resulted in the disclosure of a mobile phone number for the director.
The mobile number provided is never used for calls involving classified information. In the second instance, a hoax caller claiming to be the GCHQ director was connected to the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax. In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed.
Both GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the Government learns any lessons from this incident.
A hoax caller was put through to David Cameron's phone after claiming to be the director of eavesdropping agency GCHQ.
The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed, Downing Street said.
Security procedures are being reviewed at both No 10 and GCHQ, where a mobile phone number for director Robert Hannigan was disclosed to the caller.
David Cameron has said he is "deeply saddened" to hear of the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
The Prime Minister, who visited Saudi Arabia in 2012, said:
He will be remembered for his long years of service to the Kingdom, for his commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Saudi Royal Family and the people of the Kingdom at this sad time.
I sincerely hope that the long and deep ties between our two Kingdoms will continue and that we can continue to work together to strengthen peace and prosperity in the world.
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