Douglas Alexander

Douglas Garven Alexander (born 26 October 1967) is a former Scottish Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, previously Paisley South, from 1997 until his defeat in 2015. During this time, he served as Scottish Secretary, Transport Secretary and International Development Secretary in the Cabinet under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He subsequently served in Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Foreign Secretary.


Douglas Alexander
Alexander in 2015
Secretary of State for International Development
In office
28 June 2007  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byHilary Benn
Succeeded byAndrew Mitchell
Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
6 May 2006  28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byAlistair Darling
Succeeded byDes Browne
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
6 May 2006  28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byAlistair Darling
Succeeded byRuth Kelly
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
13 June 2003  8 September 2004
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byThe Lord Macdonald of Tradeston
Succeeded byAlan Milburn
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
20 January 2011  11 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byYvette Cooper
Succeeded byHilary Benn
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
8 October 2010  20 January 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byYvette Cooper
Succeeded byLiam Byrne
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
11 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Ed Miliband
Preceded byAndrew Mitchell
Succeeded byHarriet Harman
Junior ministerial offices
Minister of State for Europe
In office
5 May 2005  6 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byDenis MacShane
Succeeded byGeoff Hoon
Minister of State for Trade
In office
8 September 2004  5 May 2005
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMike O'Brien
Succeeded byIan Pearson
Minister of State for the Cabinet Office
In office
29 May 2002  13 June 2003
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byBarbara Roche
Succeeded byDavid Miliband (2004)
Minister of State for e-Commerce and Competitiveness
In office
11 June 2001  29 May 2002
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byIan McCartney (1999)
Succeeded byStephen Timms
Member of Parliament
for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Paisley South (1997–2005)
In office
6 November 1997  30 March 2015
Preceded byGordon McMaster
Succeeded byMhairi Black
Personal details
Born
Douglas Garven Alexander

(1967-10-26) 26 October 1967 (age 53)
Glasgow, Scotland
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Christian
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
WebsiteOfficial website

Alexander was first elected to Parliament in the Paisley South by-election in 1997. In 2001, he was appointed by Tony Blair as Minister of State for e-Commerce and Competitiveness in the Department of Trade and Industry. He was Minister of State for the Cabinet Office from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, he was promoted to Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In 2004, he was appointed Minister of State for Trade, serving jointly in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and in the Department of Trade and Industry.

At the 2005 general election, the Paisley South constituency was abolished and Alexander was elected to represent its successor seat of Paisley and Renfrewshire South. Following the election, Alexander was appointed Minister of State for Europe. During this period, Alexander attended Cabinet and was made a member of the Privy Council. In 2006, Alexander was appointed to serve jointly as both Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport. In 2007, when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, he appointed Alexander as Secretary of State for International Development.

After Labour lost the 2010 general election Alexander co-chaired David Miliband’s leadership campaign. When Ed Miliband became the party's leader, Alexander was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and was made the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He held this position until a 2011 reshuffle, when he was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary. In October 2013, he was appointed by Miliband as the party's Chair of General Election Strategy. In 2015, his was among the 40 seats lost by Labour in Scotland.