Speaking on BBC Breakfast Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said:
The shadow foreign secretary said the leaks that suggest the GCHQ had tapped data cables "underlines the need" for ministerial oversight of intelligence agencies.
Douglas Alexander said: "The latest reports in the Guardian underline the need for effective parliamentary and ministerial oversight of GCHQ and our other intelligence agencies.
"Whilst GCHQ do vital work to keep us all safe from harm, it is also vital that they do so with the legal framework set down by Parliament, and with proper safeguards in place to protect people's privacy.
"We urged the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) to look into these issues raised by the Guardian, and their work is now under way.
"These latest reports reinforce the urgency and importance of the ISC's work on this issue."
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:
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."
Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander had this response to the Prime Minister's decision to publish a Bill for an EU referendum:
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:
Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has said Labour had been "entirely consistent" since July in arguing for a real-terms cut in EU spending.
He said: "The Labour Party was consistent and clear in July that we thought the right approach for Britain, in fact the right approach for Europe, was to go for a real-terms cut.
"We support Britain's future in Europe but we also support the reform of Europe," he added.
On an Israeli-Palestinian settlement:
On "winning back trust":
Douglas Alexander is accusing the Prime Minister of avoiding talking about Afghanistan. He told the Labour conference: