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Douglas Alexander MP was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 28 June 2007.

Douglas Alexander was previously Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland from May 2006 to June 2007. He was Minister of State for Europe from May 2005 to May 2006, Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs from September 2004 to April 2005 and Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness at the Department for Trade and Industry in June 2001. In May 2002 he moved to the Cabinet Office, becoming Minister for the Cabinet Office in June 2003 where, among other things, he led on the Government's better regulation agenda, public and civil service reform and e-government.

Douglas Alexander was born in Glasgow in 1967 and educated in Scotland and Canada, going on to study at Edinburgh University and the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a lawyer before entering Parliament in 1997. He is married with two children.

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Europe Must Act Today on Egypt

(66) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:00 PM

As the violence in Egypt continues to unfold, the challenge today for the EU as its ministers gather in Brussels is how to help bring about an end to the chaos engulfing the country.

All available diplomatic levers must now be considered by the EU to try and end the...

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The G8 Summit - A Great Moment for Britain, A Great Test for the Prime Minister

(8) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Hosting the G8 Summit is a great moment for Britain, as well as a huge test for the Prime Minister.

The location alone - set in a peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland - is testament to what can be achieved through politics and dialogue and a credit to the work...

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Security Central to Tackling Poverty in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM

Douglas Alexander MP delivered the following speech at an NDN forum in New York on Monday, April 27, 2009.

Safer communities and better security will be central to the UK's aid effort. Security must be recognised along with the provision of basic services like health, education and water...

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