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PM criticised for taking holiday during Iraq crisis

David Cameron commenced the second of his summer holidays today despite the UK's growing involvement in the developing crisis in Iraq.

"Wherever I am, wherever I am in the world I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed," he said yesterday.

Yesterday he ruled out Britain getting involved in another war in Iraq.

A former SAS soldier and Labour politicians were among those criticising the timing of Mr Cameron's second summer holiday.

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Cameron has 'questions to answer' on Iraqi Christians

Labour claims Prime Minister David Cameron has "serious questions to answer" about the government's approach to the plight of Christians facing persecution in Iraq.

David Cameron warned of the possible threat from Islamic State militants to the UK. Credit: PA

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said the UK's failure to follow France and Germany in offering them asylum will "no doubt raise grave concerns."

He added: "The UK government rightly took steps to help avert humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq and Labour has welcomed decisions to now offer support to the Kurdistan regional government and assist Kurdish forces with technical and logistical military equipment.

"But alongside steps to support the Kurdish forces, the UK must now work to engage regional partners to help build a more inclusive and stable government in Iraq.

"That regional approach must focus on supporting and stabilising Jordan, which now shares a border with the ISIS-held areas, as well as bringing countries like Turkey into efforts to secure regional stabilisation."

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