Lobbying target: Danny Alexander, chief of staff to Nick Clegg

The Scottish MP is a key player behind the scenes for the Lib Dems

Clegg’s man: Alexander is close to leader
Clegg’s man: Alexander is close to leader

Ten-second biography

Entered the House of Commons in 2005 as MP for the new seat of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. In 2007, he was appointed shadow secretary of state for work and pensions. In 2008, Alexander gave up this post to concentrate on his role as chief of staff to party leader Nick Clegg, as well as his responsibility for leading preparation of the party’s manifesto.

Background

Attended Lochaber High School in Fort William and St Anne’s College, Oxford where he read philosophy, politics and economics. After graduating he spent a year as a press officer for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and went on to work as as director of comms at the European Movement. Alexander also held the same role at the Britain in Europe campaign.

Where does he sit politically?

Alexander is seen as politically close to Clegg, but he has managed to avoid being pigeonholed as either on the right or left of the party. 

Why is he one to watch?

Alexander may not be universally liked by all Lib Dems but, as Clegg’s chief of staff, he is the crucial midfield link between the leader’s office and the parliamentary party. As chair of the party’s manifesto he will play a key role in shaping the policies that the party takes into the next general election.

Something I may not have known

He spent a year as comms head for the Cairngorms National Park near Inverness.

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