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Douglas Alexander said that the Prime Minister had to accept Vladimir Putin’s warning arming Syrian rebels could lead to an “arms race” with Russia and Iran. “If you’re going to accept tipping the balance of military power as the core ar... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the triple lock on pensions along with the welfare cap was Labour policy 'at present'. “In what circumstance did Ed say ‘even if it means breaking the cap’? It [the triple lock] remains our policy at present. ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander urged the Government to provide assurances to the public that GCHQ was operating within the legal framework set out by Parliament. “I simply don’t know the veracity of the allegations and assertions that you’ve just hea... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander called on William Hague to make a statement outlining the Government's position on allegations that GCHQ was supplied with data from US spy system, Prism. “Our intelligence agencies including GCHQ do vital work in very ... Continue to article
Labour needs to be bolder and challenge the Conservatives’ insistence that austerity is necessary for the economy, a senior Liberal Democrat peer has said. Speaking on Question Time in Blackburn, Lord Oakeshott, seen as a close ally to B... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the Government's decision to "effectively break the European arms embargo" to the Syrian rebels had "not been the right one", and argued any incentive to participate in peace negotiations would be "diminished" if both... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said leaving the EU was not in Britain’s best interests. “These judgements have to be reached on the basis of where you judge lies the British national interest and we’re clear that Britain’s national interest today is ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said an in/out referendum on Europe should not be the Government's priority at the moment. "We have said repeatedly that we don’t think committing now to an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of Europe years from... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the Queen's decision not to attend the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka affords David Cameron an opportunity to put pressure on the Sri Lankans over their human rights record. "The decision that’s been reached by B... Continue to article
Labour party press release Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on reports that chemical weapons may have been deployed in Syria, said: "The use of chemical weapons on any scale should be condemned unequ... Continue to article
Unite general secretary says Miliband will be "defeated" and "cast into the dustbin of history" if he gets "seduced" by "the Jim Murphys and the Douglas Alexanders". Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the BBC needed to respond to criticism from the London School of Economics for sending a reporter to North Korea by posing as one of the university’s students. “I think it will be for the BBC to address those quest... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said the working time directive was "excessive regulation" and was getting in the way of doctors and nurses doing their jobs. "The working time directive is having a very serious impact on the ability of our doctors and our ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the gap between David Cameron and his backbenchers was “unbridgeable”. “The gap between what David Cameron’s backbenchers are demanding and what European leaders will accept I’m afraid, remain unbridgeable. So I ex... Continue to article
Labour party press release Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to today's Human Rights Watch report into violations of international law by the Syrian government, said: "This report confirms the despera... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said it was for Labour MPs to make a “personal judgement” as to whether or not to attend the Commons session on Margaret Thatcher this afternoon, but said he would be by his leader’s side on the frontbench. “It speaks t... Continue to article
Labour must do more to be seen as credible on the economy, Douglas Alexander has warned. In an interview with the Guardian, the Shadow Foreign Secretary said Labour needed to talk "a lot more" about bringing the deficit down, and added that the public had not yet heard the party "talking enough about dealing with the deficit, as well as talking about the need to boost growth and jobs".
Douglas Alexander has revealed that the Labour party lost large amounts of "heartland" votes in May, in a report on the general election. Mr Alexander, the party's election coordinator said there were large regional variations in Labour support.
Douglas Alexander has warned it would be “familiar but fatal” for the Labour Party not to change its arguments about the UK’s relationship with the European Union, and called for “fundamental reform within Europe”.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary told BBC’s Today programme: “We need to make the case for fundamental reform within Europe, rooted in the new emerging realities that we’re seeing round about us.”
Mr Alexander's words come as Labour rethink its stance on the UK's relationship with the European Union, with the party set to oppose any transfer of powers to the European Union that would damage British growth. Writing in the Guardian, the Shadow Foreign Secretary also reveals Labour would use the current turmoil to "seize this opportunity to safeguard the rights of non-euro members" within the EU.
The government will fund a £12 million-a-year UK Civilian Stabilisation Group - the agency will help in areas of instability.
The government's decision to force unemployed people to carry out four weeks unpaid work or face having their benefits cut has come under criticism from Labour and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams said the proposals are “unfair” as they could drive people into a spiral of “ uncertainty, even despair,” while Labour MP Chuka Umunna said that the policy was merely "headline generation" as a similar policy was in place under the previous government. Danny Alexander denied the coalition were treating the unemployed like criminals. Iain Duncan Smith will outline the policy further in Thursday’s welfare reform white paper.
17/06/2013 on BBC News
12/06/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
10/06/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
08/06/2013 on BBC News
02/06/2013 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One
14/05/2013 on BBC News
13/05/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
07/05/2013 on Channel 4 News
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17/06/2013 on BBC News
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17/06/2013 on BBC News