22/12/2013 05:30 GMT | Updated 22/12/2013 05:30 GMT

Labour: Time For Politicians To 'Do God'

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander listens to speakers at the Labour party conference at the Echo Arena on September 26, 2011 in Liverpool, England. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls gave a keynote speech to delegates and announced a five point plan to boost jobs and economy. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Labour Party admits today that politicians should stop feeling a "sense of embarrassment" about discussing God.

Douglas Alexander, a senior frontbencher, suggests that public figures have allowed "political correctness" to prevent them talking about faith and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

In a thinly veiled attack on the Tony Blair era, when Alastair Campbell, the then communications director in Downing Street, said "we don't do God", Mr Alexander warns that people should have the courage to speak up for Christians without fear of causing offence.

Mr Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, is speaking out to voice his concerns about growing harassment and attacks suffered by Christians in the Middle East.