Downing Street lobby briefing on Cabinet, Russia and sexual harassment

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14th November 2017

Here is a summary of this afternoon's briefing for lobby journalists by the Prime Minister's official spokesman.

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson updated Cabinet on the military action against Daesh.

The spokesman said: "Cabinet was told that Daesh's so-called Caliphate is almost defeated in Syria, while in Iraq its territorial control is near an end. Clearance operations are continuing, but the Iraqi security forces are making rapid progress. The UK has been the second largest contributor to the coalition's military campaign, taking part in 1600 air strikes and with 1400 military personnel across the region. The UK has helped to train 60,000 members of the Iraqi security forces.

"In Iraq, more than two million people have returned to their homes in areas liberat...