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Shadow Foreign Secretary quotes runner Mo Farah

Great Britain's Mo Farah entertains the crowd as he takes part in the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Parade Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

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."


David Cameron's 'weakness' outlined

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has branded David Cameron's possibility of an EU referendum as a sign of 'weakness'.

He said:

"These latest statements about the possibility of an EU referendum reveal more about David Cameron's present weakness than his future plans.

"Ruling out a referendum one day and then ruling it back in again the next looks like a Prime Minister spending more time managing his party than leading the country.

"David Cameron seems to be more concerned with securing headlines about Europe than securing vital reforms within Europe."

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