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After three years of unity, are the cracks beginning to show at the top of the Labour Party? While David Cameron has had to contend with rebellious backbenchers for most of this Parliament, Ed Miliband’s party has shown a remarkable ab... Continue to article
The way to beat UKIP at the ballot box was “not to out-kip the kippers,” the head of Labour’s election strategy has said. Appearing on ITV’s Agenda, Douglas Alexander said David Cameron had pandered too much to UKIP, adding that the way ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said Labour would address the issue of tuition fees in its manifesto. "This seems to be another Con-Dem policy which is simply not working. The rate of default emerged this week and it’s very high. Ed Miliband has gone ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said President Putin must be made to recognise that finances matter as much as territory in the battle over Crimea. “The truth is, whether it is diplomatic or economic sanctions, President Putin has to recognise that b... Continue to article
Coalition parliamentarians have defended the Government's decision to ignore an independent recommendation to implement a 1% pay rise across the board for NHS workers. Appearing on the panel of an edition of the BBC's Question Time broad... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said Ed Miliband’s speech on the European Union represented an “agenda for reform”. “He will say that our priority in government would be tackling the cost-of-living crisis and getting the economy back on track, not get... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the priority for the Government should be to alter the "calculus of risk" for Vladimir Putin. "What we’d be looking for is a graduated hierarchy of measures which could be agreed tomorrow by the European Council th... Continue to article
The Foreign Secretary is to visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev “shortly”, he has told MPs. William Hague also called for financial assistance for the troubled country, arguing that an economic crisis there would be a “grave threat to stabi... Continue to article
William Hague has admitted that a British military officer advised the Indian Government about the deadly raid on a temple in the Indian city of Amritsar. But the Foreign Secretary insisted the advice had "little impact" on the outcome. ... 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.
18/04/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
31/03/2014 on The Agenda, ITV
30/03/2014 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC Two
16/03/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
12/03/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
05/03/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
04/03/2014 on Sky News
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