Danny Alexander, the Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, was today appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Scotland.
He will be a full-time Minister at the Scotland Office which has offices in Dover House in London and Melville Crescent in Edinburgh. He is the first Liberal Secretary of State since the Earl of Rosebery in 1945.
David Mundell, the Member of Parliament for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, was also appointed as a Minister at the Scotland Office.
Danny Alexander said:
“I am honoured to be taking up the role of Scottish Secretary at a critical but hopeful time for our country. The new coalition government will do things differently from the past and we are determined to get to work quickly and efficiently in the national interest.
“Scotland faces the same challenges as the rest of the UK over the coming months and years. I have already spoken to the First Minister and we agreed it is essential for both governments to work together.
“My role as Scottish Secretary means Scotland’s voice will be heard at the highest level in the new government. I intend to work in the spirit of cooperation that drives this new government to help secure a fair future for all Scots and I look forward to getting on with the job.”