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British drones are being withdrawn from Afghanistan to help in the battle against terrorists in the Middle East, the Foreign Secretary has confirmed. As he updated MPs on the British military action in Iraq, Philip Hammond said that the... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said Ukip’s surge in the Heywood and Middleton by-election “underlines the scale of the challenge” facing Labour. “I want to first extend my congratulations to Liz McInnes. But of course this result, alongside the resul... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: "The Ebola virus is a clear threat to public health around the world, and it requires an urgent global response. The international communit... Continue to article
Labour election coordinator Douglas Alexander has set out the party’s strategy for the 2015 General Election, in Manchester today. Speaking at the party conference, he said attacking the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats over their... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander called for a UN Security Council resolution in the wake of US military intervention in Syria. “Isil represent a threat not just to regional security in the Middle East, but to international security. So we understand a... Continue to article
Jack Straw said Britain should be prepared to engage in military intervention against Islamic State terrorists. “We are involved in the sense of being involved in military discussions... We’re not involved directly. We’re part of the Wes... Continue to article
INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said “multilateral efforts” were needed to address the "terror" in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Addressing the Labour Party conference in Manchester, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: “The blockades m... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the Yes campaign was “struggling” in the Scottish independence debate following a recent “avalanche of facts”. “I think the Yes campaign are struggling, they had an avalanche of facts engulf their assertions last... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander denied there was a conspiracy between the anti-independence campaign and big business, instead claiming that the Yes campaign had been hit by an “avalanche of fact” from companies. “Are we now suggesting that there’s a ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander praised the “measured and considered” responses from Ed Miliband and David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions today. “Firstly, let me reiterate the consensus, not just in the House of Commons but, I believe, right ac... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Douglas Alexander, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the agreement of a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, said: "After months of fighting and thousands of casualties, this permane... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander conceded that the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond had put in a stronger performance in last night’s second independence debate than he did in the first, but said it hadn’t been the “game changer” that the Yes campaig... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, in a speech in Carlisle on The Choice on Europe in 2015, said: This summer, the discourse and debate in Scotland is dominated by the referendum that will take ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said David Cameron's priority should be to ensure that the man who appeared execute journalist James Foley is brought to justice. “Here in the United Kingdom he should be overseeing the work of our intelligence, our se... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: "The horrific footage of the killing of James Foley has shocked and outraged the world. "Suggestions that the attack may have been carried out by a UK national are particularly conce... Continue to article
Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander want the Tories to speak out louder about the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq, but want to rule out military intervention. Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said Baroness Warsi had acted with "real integrity" in resigning over the Government's repsonse to the conflict in Gaza. "All of us have been truly horrified by the suffering we have witnessed in Gaza over the last cou... 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.
10/10/2014 on Good Morning Britain, ITV
26/09/2014 on BBC News
23/09/2014 on Pooled Footage
23/09/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
16/09/2014 on BBC Breakfast
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25/10/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
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