24 Facts About Danny Alexander


Sir Daniel Grian Alexander was born on 15 May 1972 and is a former politician who was Chief Secretary to the Treasury between 2010 and 2015.


Danny Alexander was initially appointed Secretary of State for Scotland, but at the end of May 2010, he was promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, following the resignation of David Laws.


Danny Alexander was knighted in the 2015 Dissolution Honours Lists on 27 August 2015.


Danny Alexander was then educated at Lochaber High School, Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.


Danny Alexander went on to read Philosophy, politics and economics at St Anne's College, Oxford.


From 1993 to 1994, Danny Alexander worked as a press officer with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, before spending eight years as the Director of communications at the European Movement and its successor organisation, the Britain in Europe campaign.


Danny Alexander was elected to the newly formed constituency of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in the 2005 UK general election.


Danny Alexander won the seat from David Stewart, who was previously the Labour MP for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, the basis of the new constituency.


At the start of the new parliament in 2005, Danny Alexander was appointed by party leader Charles Kennedy as a junior spokesman for Work and Pensions, responsible for disability issues, where he contributed to debates on incapacity Benefit reform, the Child Support Agency and the Turner Report on future pension provision in the United Kingdom.


Danny Alexander gave this post up to focus on his role as chief of staff to the new party leader, Nick Clegg, as well as his responsibility for leading the preparation of the party's election manifesto.


In June 2008, Danny Alexander gave up the Work and Pensions brief to become Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg.


Danny Alexander was initially appointed Secretary of State for Scotland for the coalition government, then was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury after the resignation of David Laws on 29 May 2010.


Danny Alexander was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 13 May 2010.


Two days after being appointed to his new position, the Daily Telegraph newspaper published front-page allegations that Danny Alexander had exploited a legal loophole to avoid the payment of capital gains tax on a property he had sold in 2007 alleging that he had profited from a "morally dubious" loophole to avoid paying capital gains tax.


The paper suggested that "the fact that Mr Danny Alexander has become the second Lib Dem to face questions about his finances within three days has focused attention on whether the party leadership has properly audited the financial activities of its senior figures".


Danny Alexander had bought the property, a London flat, in 1999 and, after being elected to parliament for a Scottish constituency in 2005, designated the property as his "second home" while claiming that his first home was now in his constituency.


On 19 October 2010, the day before the spending review was announced in the House of Commons, Danny Alexander was photographed reading a memo which showed that as a result of the cuts the government would be announcing up to 490,000 public service jobs could be lost.


Danny Alexander emphasised the announcement of the 'fairness premium' designed to help the poorest children and noted that key transport projects had been given the go ahead as well as the announcement of a green investment bank.


On 22 September 2012, Danny Alexander was appointed by Nick Clegg to review alternatives to like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear missile system, after Minister of State for the Armed Forces Nick Harvey left the government in David Cameron's government reshuffle.


The day after approving the last budget of the Coalition as set out by George Osborne, Danny Alexander took the unprecedented step of issuing an alternative fiscal plan for the next Parliament based on Liberal Democrat policy.


Danny Alexander was barracked by Labour MPs throughout, who repeatedly alluded to the Red Book containing the official budget unveiled the day before.


Danny Alexander was offered a position in the House of Lords but declined.


Danny Alexander later became vice president for policy and strategy at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.


Danny Alexander has been nicknamed "Beaker" due to his resemblance to The Muppet Show character.