Douglas Alexander served as a Cabinet Minister in the government from 2006 to 2010. Under Tony Blair he was Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport in 2005. After Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Douglas became Secretary of State for International Development. He subsequently served in Labour leader Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Foreign Secretary.
He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015, representing the Scottish constituencies of Paisley South and Paisley and Renfrewshire South. After leaving parliament, Douglas was appointed by the rock star Bono as an adviser on issues relating to the poverty alleviation and development throughout Africa. He is Chair of UNICEF UK, a senior fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and strategic advisor to international law firm Pinsent Masons.
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