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Danny Alexander MP


Incumbent
Assumed office 
5 May 2005
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 4,148 (9.4%)

Born 15 May 1972 (1972-05-15) (age 37)
Edinburgh
Nationality Scottish
Political party Liberal Democrat
Alma mater St Anne's College, Oxford

Daniel Grian 'Danny' Alexander (born 15 May 1972), is a Scottish politician, and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. He was also Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for Work and Pensions.

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Early life

Alexander was educated at Lochaber High School in Fort William and St Anne's College, Oxford where he obtained a degree in PPE. In 1993 he became a press officer with the Scottish Liberal Democrats until he became the Director of Communications at the European Movement in 1996, remaining in this role when the organisation was subsumed into the now defunct Britain in Europe campaign in 1999. In 2004 he became the Head of Communications for the Cairngorms National Park.

Parliamentary career

He was elected to the newly formed constituency in the 2005 general election. He won the seat from David Stewart, who was previously the Labour MP for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, the basis of the new constituency. In August 2005 it was revealed that Christopher Haskins, Baron Haskins of Skidby, a Labour peer who was a friend of Alexander, had donated £2,500 to Alexander's campaign; subsequently Haskins was expelled from the Labour party for this action.[1]

At the start of the new Parliament in 2005, Alexander was appointed Liberal Democrat junior spokesperson shadowing the Department for Work and Pensions by Charles Kennedy, and also their spokesperson for disability issues. In these roles he contributed to debates on incapacity benefit reform, the Child Support Agency and the Turner Report on future pension provision in the UK. In 2007 he was promoted to Liberal Democrat shadow secretary of state for Social Exclusion for six months, before being moved to shadow secretary of state for Work and Pensions. After a year in this position he gave it up to concentrate on his role as chief of staff to the party leader, Nick Clegg, as well as his responsibility for leading preparation of the party's manifesto.

Alexander was a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee from 2005-8.

Personal life

He married Rebecca Hoar in July 2005 in Chippenham. They have a daughter, born July 2007, and live in Aviemore. He met his wife whilst working for the European Movement in London. She is a features editor for the Psychologies magazine.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
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Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
2005–present
Incumbent

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Danny Alexander is the Chief Secretary of the Treasury.

Daniel Grian 'Danny' Alexander (born May 15, 1972) is a British politician who is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. He is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

Danny Alexander was born in Edinburgh and first became an MP at the 2005 General election. Between 2005 and 2010, Danny Alexander was the Liberal Democrats Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions. When the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government was formed on May 11, 2010, Alexander was appointed as the Secretary of State for Scotland, however was made the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on May 29, 2010.

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