Labour hits out at Cameron's director of comms Craig Oliver

Labour has made an official and public complaint to the Government over a comment by David Cameron's director of comms Craig Oliver.

Craig Oliver: director of comms at Downing Street since early 2011
Craig Oliver: director of comms at Downing Street since early 2011

The complaint concerns Oliver’s reported comment that Labour leader Ed Miliband was potentially ‘giving succour’ to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime by deciding to force the Government into a second vote on military action against Syria.

A letter addressed to Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood calls for Oliver to apologise and withdraw the remark.

Michael Dugher, the shadow minister without portfolio, writes: ‘It is language which is infantile and irresponsible. It follows a pattern of behaviour by 10 Downing Street through recent days which demeans the office of Prime Minister.’

The party has also released the letter (pictured below) to the media.

A Labour source said: ‘Craig’s mishandling played a big role in Cameron’s defeat. His refusal to be non-partisan on an issue of national security lost Cameron media sympathy, angered us and made the ground fertile for Tory MPs to rebel.’

However, a senior Conservative source said the reaction showed 'we have hit a nerve with them and they overreacted' and claimed there was no need to apologise for the comment. 

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said it had yet to receive the letter.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Fishburn's management have defended their reinvention of the 23-year-old agency amid industry mutterings, fed by a series of director-level departures, about the direction in which it is going.

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

EasyJet aimed to break the world record for the highest ever theatrical performance for Shakespeare's 450th birthday yesterday with the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing on a flight from Gatwick to Verona.

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Senior executives from IBM, Nestlé, Vedanta, GE, Cargill, Philips and Allianz will be among the speakers at PRWeek's first Global Congress.

Max Clifford trial jury reconvenes with majority verdicts direction

Max Clifford trial jury reconvenes with majority verdicts direction

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has reconvened after being told by the judge yesterday afternoon that he will now accept majority verdicts.