Wednesday, May 11, 2005

New ‘Gibraltar’ Minister in Cabinet


Douglas Alexander MP - New Minister of State for Europe in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The new Europe Minister Douglas Alexander, 38, is to participate in Cabinet meetings.

As minister for Europe Mr Alexander is responsible for Gibraltar. His predecessor Denis MacShane is out of office.

Born in Glasgow in 1967, Mr Alexander grew up in Bishopton, where his father was the local Minister until his recent retirement. He attended Bishopton Primary and Park Mains High in Erskine, and at the age of fourteen he joined the Labour Party.

Associated with Gordon Brown, he studied Politics and Modern History at Edinburgh University.

In 1988, he won a further scholarship to study for a year at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League University in Philadelphia, USA.

During his time in the States, he worked as a Press Steward for the Dukakis Presidential Campaign, and worked for a Democratic Senator on Capitol Hill.

After graduating with a first class MA Hons Degree, he began work as a Parliamentary Researcher and Speechwriter for Gordon Brown MP, a position he held for a year, before returning to Scotland to qualify as a lawyer.

He graduated from Edinburgh University LLB (Dist) in 1993, and gained his Diploma in Legal Practice the following year.

Mr Alexander was appointed Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness at the Department of Trade and Industry in June 2001.

In May 2002, he was appointed Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, overseeing the work of the Government’s influential Strategy Unit, the Central Office of Information, and the Civil Service. In the June 2003 reshuffle, Mr Alexander was promoted to Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

He was appointed Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs on 9 September 2004.

The new British Cabinet

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service - The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP
Deputy Prime Minister - The Rt Hon John Prescott MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer - The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs- The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP
Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland - The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP
Secretary of State for Defence - The Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP
Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons - The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP
Secretary of State for Health - The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport - The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip - The Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office - The Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Secretary of State for Wales - The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP
Minister without Portfolio - The Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council - The Rt Hon Baroness Amos
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor - The Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC
Secretary of State for International Development - The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Secretary of State for Productivity, Energy and Industry - The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP
Secretary of State for Education and Skills - The Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP
Minister of Communities and Local Government - The Rt Hon David Miliband MP.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Minister for the Cabinet Office) - The Rt Hon John Hutton MP
Chief Secretary to the Treasury - The Rt Hon Des Browne MP
Also attending Cabinet
Lords Chief Whip and Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms - The Rt Hon Lord Grocott
Attorney General - The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith
Minister of State for Europe in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Douglas Alexander MP.

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