Foreign Secretary William Hague has attacked Formula One's decision to go ahead with the Bahrain Grand Prix following the violent anti-government protests earlier this year.
The FIA, Formula One's governing body, decided to reinstate the race this October after postponing it earlier in February.
Mr Hague argued that it was up to Formula One to decide what to do but acknowledged that the move faced "widespread opposition".
He said: "Formula One has not done itself any good by what has been announced."
Sir Menzies Campbell, former Lib Dem leader, said the decision was "simply shameful" while shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said that it was "not the time" for such decisions.
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