Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said that the government's decision to offer refuge to some Syrian refugees showed that "compassion and common sense have won through".
The Labour politician said the coalition has "completely changed their position since seven days ago":
The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said Twitter "must get their act together" after football pundit Stan Collymore complained the site should do more to tackle abusive tweets:
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the actions of PC Keith Wallis, who has pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office in relation to the "plebgate" affair, risks "casting a shadow over the excellent work police officers do day in, day out".
- Britain's £500 million of official aid to Syria was the UK's largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis, the Home Office said.
- The Government said that total almost equalled the amount given by the other 27 EU countries combined.
- Some £217 million is being spent inside Syria and £236 million in neighbouring countries.
- Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said that Britain should join some 16 nations which have agreed to allow a total of more than 10,000 Syrians to move to their countries.
- Australia is understood to be planning to take in 500 Syrians for permanent resettlement, Sweden 400, Germany will allow 5,000 temporary "humanitarian admissions" and France 500.
- Only about 0.1% of Syrians displaced by the fighting have found refuge in the UK, the Refugee Council said.
Labour has urged the Government to take in hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting which has ravaged the Middle Eastern country for three years.
The United Nations called on the international community to offer both humanitarian aid for refugees and resettlement opportunities outside the country.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is urging the Government to accept 400-500 Syrians, including torture victims, women and girls at high risk and people with family links to the UK.
But ministers insist that Britain can best help by providing funds to assist those affected by the long-running civil war both inside Syria and in neighbouring states like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
Ms Cooper said that Britain should join some 16 nations, including the USA, France and Germany, which have agreed to allow a total of more than 10,000 Syrians to move to their countries.
Labour have accused David Cameron of leaving planned EU benefit changes to the "very last minute".
A ban on EU migrants claiming out-of-works benefits from the moment they arrive in the UK is to be rushed through parliament in time for January 1st 2014 when restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "Labour called for these benefit restrictions nine months ago. Yet David Cameron has left it until the very last minute to squeeze this change in.
"Why is the Government leaving everything until the last minute and operating in such a chaotic way?"
The shadow home secretary called on the Government to "beef up" enforcement against agencies which only recruit from abroad, and to adopt the rest of Labour's proposals to stop immigration being exploited to undercut wages and jobs for local workers.
The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has tweeted that her thoughts are with the female police officer who was wounded by a gunman in Leeds:
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says the government are 'flailing' over their immigration policy: