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Douglas Alexander MP

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Alexander: Labour need economic credibility

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".


Alexander reveals Labour election report

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.


The Department for International Development has lost over £700,000 in the past five years to "fraud, corruption and abuse" by governments in the developing world, The Independent has alleged.


Labour rethinks European stance

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.


Long term jobless 'could be put to work'

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.