The former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Sir Danny Alexander is set to take up a new role in China.
Throughout the holiday season Energy Voice will be taking a look back at some of our most read columns from 2015. From oil and gas leaders, politicians and leading think-tanks here’s what the industry was talking about this year.
Former Highland MP and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander was yesterday knighted by Prince Charles. Sir Danny, as he now is, was one of the four Liberal Democrats who drew up the Coalition government agreement in 2010. The 43-year-old, who was accompanied at Buckingham Palace by his wife Rebecca and daughters Isabel, eight, and Isla, five, said: “It was a great honour and a wonderful ceremony and it’s all rather humbling.
An SNP MP claims Danny Alexander should have secured major reform of the electricity market while he was in office. Ian Blackford spoke out after Mr Alexander suggested the Highlands were being “let down” by a Tory majority government and “impotent” Nationalist MPs in opposition. Mr Alexander, former Inverness MP and chief secretary to the Treasury, was furious when the UK Government shelved a scheme he led to cut power bills in the north. The chancellor announced in the March Budget that ministers would consult on a plan to reduce electricity prices for families in the area by an average £30 a year. But it is understood the consultation was not carried out and officials now intend to look at the issue as part of a regular review of a subsidy scheme instead.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the UK Government will take the time until the Budget announcement on March 18 to get the right measures in place to support the North Sea. His comments were made after Sir Ian Wood called for major tax cuts to help the oil and gas industry. Mr Alexander said he had discussed the issue directly "on many occassion" and the government had already made some "significant changes".