'Hugely irresponsible' if world does not act on Syria

Former Number 10 Director of Communications Alastair Campbell told ITV's Daybreak it would be "hugely irresponsible and incredibly dangerous" if the world does not act on the Syria conflict.

When pressed whether that meant action in Syria, Mr Campbell said he thought it would be "very, very hard for the world to stand aside giving what we know has happened even before the use of chemical weapons".

Mr Campbell, who was Tony Blair's spin doctor between 1997 and 2003, said both the former Prime Minister's article in The Times (£) and David Cameron's statement on Syria were "measured".

Mr Campbell, who was Number 10's Director of Communications when the Iraq war started in 2003, added that the United Nations "isn't a judgement body, it's a political body".