Labour warns of 'unease' about supplying Syrian rebels

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.

– Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary