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Douglas Alexander MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: 

"At David Cameron's dinner this evening he should begin the work that he should have started months ago, trying to build alliances and win support in Europe for a Budget deal that is good for Europe and best for Britain. 

"Parliament has given him a mandate to push for a real term cuts in the EU budget and that is what he should focus on at today's meeting with Chancellor Merkel.

"Unfortunately David Cameron's threatening of vetos before talks have even begun will mean today's dinner will likely be spent trying to patch things up instead of really moving things forward."


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