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International Development Secretary - Douglas Alexander

Douglas Alexander moved to the Department for International Development in June 2007 at the age of 39 after a year as transport secretary, a role which he had combined with that of Scottish secretary.

He joined the government after the 2001 general election, when he became minister for e-commerce at the Department of Trade and Industry.

In June 2003 he also took on the role of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and was given the junior role of Europe minister in the 2006 reshuffle.

The Paisley South MP is a professional politician, whose rise in Labour ranks has been relentless, from the moment he started to work as a researcher for Gordon Brown in 1990.

Douglas Alexander

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