Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, made a statement in the House of Commons on 10 January 2013 to update MPs on the crisis in Syria
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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