Danny Alexander

Government Housing Plans Threaten Greenfield Sites

Why the government is getting involved in commissioning new housing

4 January 2016 12:45

David Cameron’s announcement today that the government will be involved in the direct commissioning of new homes on public land…


Lib Dem ‘Glee Club’ goes to party conference

22 September 2015 13:13

As the Liberal Democrats try and find a place for themselves in politics following a disastrous election result, the party…

Danny Alexander and Charles Kennedy: their last night together at the count in Dingwall

The Charles Kennedy I knew, by Danny Alexander

2 June 2015 18:08

Charles Kennedy’s eloquence, intelligence and humour were famous in the Highlands long before his election to the Commons at the…

If the kids are bright and poor, they'd be better off in England

Scotland is on the verge of becoming a one-party state

5 May 2015 11:41

My constituency is one of the SNP’s most coveted prizes. If they win in Midlothian they can win almost anywhere.…


Michael Gove: Tories could still work with the Lib Dems

4 May 2015 9:00

The Tories were less than pleased last week when Danny Alexander revealed confidential communications between the coalition partners regarding child benefit to a…


Is Ed Balls running scared from debating George Osborne?

8 April 2015 8:00

When Ed Balls appeared alongside George Osborne on the Andrew Marr Show earlier this year, the Shadow Chancellor told viewers…

Nick Clegg leaving the Cabinet Office. Getty Images.

A Cabinet of losers?

1 April 2015 14:01

Here’s an interesting factoid. We have gone the longest time since any serving Cabinet Minister has lost their seat… ever.…


Keep trolling the politicians, Twitter

27 March 2015 15:55

A politician’s life on Twitter is rarely uneventful. I have written in defence of all the goodwill and positive communication…

Danny Alexander with the Liberal Democrats' alternative budget. Photo: @MichaelPDeacon.

The Lib Dems’ alternative budget showed the difficulties of a Lib/Lab coalition

19 March 2015 12:22

The Tories described the Liberal Democrats’ alternative Budget statement today as ‘part of price they had to pay to have…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for photographers outside 11 Downing Street in London, England

Voters won’t be able to make an informed choice in May

19 March 2015 10:57

If there’s one major takeaway from this morning’s Budget interviews, it is that voters won’t get the opportunity to make as…


Did Vince Cable think he was presenting the Lib Dems’ budget?

19 March 2015 10:14

This morning Danny Alexander is scheduled to reveal the Liberal Democrats’ proposed alternative budget. Alas, Vince Cable appears to have missed the memo. Speaking…

Danny Alexander (Photo: Getty)

The Lib Dems are getting desperate (but it didn’t have to be this way)

13 March 2015 10:13

I do feel sorry for Danny Alexander. He’ll have been worked off his feet for the Budget due next week…


Who paid for that?

1 March 2015 16:16

One of the things that even its critics, such as myself, have to concede that the European Union has been…

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Coffee Shots: Clegg press conference packed to the rafters

5 February 2015 16:04

Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander may have been hoping for an inspiring backdrop to their tax policy launch today when they…

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

Danny Alexander: David Cameron is an ‘enemy of aspiration’

26 January 2015 13:51

As coalition rows go, today’s ‘spat’ over who is most supportive of aspirational voters really is the more boring for…

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with David Cameron in her office at the Scottish Parliament (Photo: Andrew Milligan/Getty)

UK and Scottish governments already at each other’s throats over extra devolution

22 January 2015 15:25

It didn’t take long. In fact, the tweet from Nicola Sturgeon appeared soon after Alistair Carmichael had started speaking this…

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Michael Gove might not be preparing for another coalition. But other Tories are

6 January 2015 15:22

Michael Gove pitched up on Newsnight yesterday to give one of his typically confident performances to the programme. Apparently CCHQ don’t…

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The Union needs balance

16 December 2014 13:45

Today’s Guardian long-read on the Scottish referendum is a great piece of journalism. Both Alistair Darling and Danny Alexander argue…


The tricks being played over a VAT rise

9 December 2014 17:34

Today’s Treasury Questions was a bit odd, not least because neither George Osborne nor Ed Balls were there, so everyone…

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in Downing Street

Danny Alexander’s house building pledge is just a cunning PR strategy

3 December 2014 11:18

Danny Alexander’s latest plot to make the state a major player in housebuilding is just the latest in a line…

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Danny Alexander reveals government to build new homes

2 December 2014 11:51

How much of a role should the government have in building homes? The vogue these days is for talking about…

Does George Osborne really lock his office fridge at night?

18 November 2014 17:11

It seems the most exciting thing to come out of today’s Commons press gallery lunch with Danny Alexander was the…

Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on…

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference At SECC Glasgow

Danny Alexander rolls up his sleeves to attack the Tories

5 October 2014 17:25

Danny Alexander clearly wanted to come across as casual and jovial for his speech to the Lib Dem conference. He…

Lib dem poster van

Lib Dems switch on the sunshine – and attack ‘sinister’ Yes tactics

16 September 2014 12:12

The Lib Dems have just launched the final leg of their campaign against Scottish independence, which is a poster van…