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."