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About Douglas

Douglas Alexander, MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire South


Douglas Alexander grew up in Renfrewshire. His father was a local Parish Minister for thirty years and is a former Moderator of Paisley Presbytery. Douglas was educated locally at Bishopton Primary School, and Park Mains High School before studying History, Politics and Law at Edinburgh University.

Douglas also won a scholarship to study at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA.

Douglas first joined the Labour Party and became involved in politics in Renfrewshire more than 30 years ago, after witnessing his schoolfriends' parents losing their jobs when the Linwood Car Plant closed. Decades on tackling the evils of unemployment and poverty remains central to his politics.

Now as a Renfrewshire MP Douglas works to support a range of individuals, groups, campaigns and local public services for the benefit of our community.

From the successful campaign to resist attempts to cut the teacher hours for Renfrewshire pupils, to the campaign for better Broadband for Howwood, and his work with local churches to set up the Renfrewshire Foodbank, Douglas works with local people to achieve change locally - and knows both how hard, and how rewarding a challenge that can be.

In Parliament, as well as participating in debates and scrutinising legislation, Douglas now serves as Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Douglas' earlier Ministerial Experience -

•Minister of State, Cabinet Office & Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (June 2003-Sept 2004);
•Minister for e-Commerce, DTI;
•Minister of State for Trade, Investment & Foreign Affairs (Sept 2004-Apr 2005);
•Minister of State for Europe (May 2005-May 2006);
•Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland (May 2006-June 2007);
•Secretary of State for International Development (June 2007-May 2010).  

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