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Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

Douglas Alexander has called for a European Union meeting to review all the aid it gives to the Egyptian government

Tell Obama to halt US arms for Egypt, Labour tells UK ministers

Urge US administration to suspend its $1.3bn military aid, says the shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander

British Government 'should press US to halt supplying arms to Egypt'

Urge US administration to suspend its $1.3bn military aid, says the shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander

We want to reform the EU, not leave it

Britain’s top priority must be to push for a more flexible Europe.

Real-terms cut in EU budget urged

David Cameron is facing a fresh mutiny over Europe after Tory backbenchers and Labour demanded a real-terms cut in the EU budget.

Douglas Alexander: We helped free Libya, but our job's not over

Even if Gaddafi is no longer in charge, Libyans have to learn the difference between taking a city and running a country

Labour joins protest at £100bn EU budget rise

Plans for the European Union's budget to be increased by £100bn were condemned by both the right and left in the UK.

Shadow play: Who's that Labour frontbencher?

The public is struggling to recognise the Opposition's big beasts

Video: Alexander on defence spending

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander calls for the Government's Strategic Defence Spending Review to be reopened.

Obama's tip to Miliband: To win, you must be upbeat

US President tells Labour leader that he has to offer voters an optimistic vision of Britain

Douglas Alexander: 'We have to offer a better tomorrow, not a better yesterday'

After 13 years in a ruling party, the shadow Foreign Secretary hates life in opposition. If Labour is to win next time, he tells Matt Chorley, it must do more than just kick the Lib Dems

Government attacks EU budget rise

The Government has criticised an inflation-busting EU budget rise in the face of UK demands for a freeze in line with national austerity measures.

Steve Richards: The two Eds are facing an open goal, but scoring won't be easy

Soon enough, Miliband and Balls will have to decide on big questions relating to tax and spend, and the size of the state, in the context of deep cuts in public spending

Hague forced to accept blame for 'embarrassing' failed SAS mission

Amid mounting criticism of his handling of the Libyan crisis, William Hague yesterday had to accept the blame for a bungled SAS mission that the opposition called an "embarrassment" that could have led to tragedy.

Can it really be that hard to submit an expenses claim?

Oliver Wright meets Ipsa boss Andrew McDonald – and puts his own receipts through the system

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