The world’s attention has recently rightly turned to the issue of LGBT rights in Russia

Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on calls for a boycott of the Russian winter Olympics, said:

"The world’s attention has recently rightly turned to the issue of LGBT rights in Russia. Labour has called on the Prime Minister to raise the issue of LGBT rights with President Putin at the G20 summit next month. The government must also now work to find ways to support those concerned citizens, public pressure groups and international activists pressing the Russian authorities to act.

"Recent comments by the Russian sports minister saying that everyone had to abide by the country’s laws, and apparent confirmation by the Russian Interior Minister that Russia will enforce its anti-gay laws against athletes in Sochi, are deeply concerning. David Cameron needs to press President Putin on this as a matter of urgency."