Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has said there is unease "across party lines" about the Prime Minister's comments on the potential supply of British arms to Syria's opposition forces. In a statement, he said:
For months Labour has called on the Government to answer basic questions about their approach, such as how would the Prime Minister ensure that weapons supplied did not fall into the wrong hands and how would this step help to de-escalate the conflict rather than prolong it?
The G8 is a key window of opportunity for David Cameron to exert pressure on President Putin and it is vital that he uses the coming hours to do so.
Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has accused David Cameron of losing control of his party over Europe.
It follows reports that the Conservatives are considering publishing a draft bill which would guarantee a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.
"This seems to be just the latest panicked response from the Prime Minister who is now following, rather than leading his backbenchers" Mr Alexander said.
"David Cameron is a Prime Minister who has both lost control of the agenda and lost control of his party."
"Labour have said that we don't think committing now to an in/out referendum up to four years from now is in the national interest because the priority must be getting growth into the economy not getting Britain out of Europe."
This seems to be just the latest panicked response from the Prime Minister who is now following, rather than leading his backbenchers.
David Cameron is a Prime Minister who has both lost control of the agenda and lost control of his Party.
Labour have said that we don't think committing now to an in/out referendum up to four years from now is in the national interest because the priority must be getting growth into the economy not getting Britain out of Europe.
This latest step has more to do with trying to get his Party back in line rather than getting the economy back on track.
Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has said that the Prime Minister's comments on the EU, made on the BBC's Today programme, raise more questions than they answer:
The gap between his back benchers and our EU partners remains un-bridgeable.
It is little wonder that British business leaders like Richard Branson and Martin Sorrell, together with the Americans, the Germans and the Austrians, have all warned in the last week of the dangers of the UK sleepwalking towards exit from Europe.
At a time when the priority should be jobs and growth, the Prime Minister sadly seems willing to put vital UK investment at risk for the sake of trying to keep his party united.
Douglas Alexander is accusing the Prime Minister of avoiding talking about Afghanistan. He told the Labour conference:
David Cameron, the self same Prime Minister who told us in May 2010 that Afghanistan would be his number one foreign policy priority, has now not made a single speech on Afghanistan to the House of Commons in 14 months.
Conference, that is shameful. From this platform I say today to David Cameron, break your silence on Afghanistan.
Douglas Alexander has started his speech by quoting the British distance runner and double gold-medalist Mo Farah.
When asked by a reporter whether he would have preferred to compete in the Olympics for his native Somalia, Mr Farah replied: "Listen mate, this my country. This is where I come from and when I put on a Great Britain vest I am proud. I am very proud."