Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander
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Labour's Douglas Alexander: 'UN should be focus of action'

British MPs have voted to reject possible military action against the Assad regime in Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons.

A government motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.

Prime Minster David Cameron said it was clear Parliament did not want action and "the government will act accordingly".

Speaking shortly before MPs voted on the principle of military strikes, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander told MPs that the United Nations has to play a central role in the lead-up to any intervention against Syria.

  • 30 Aug 2013
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