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Danny Alexander and Vince Cable to be knighted

Danny Alexander

Former Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is to be knighted as part of the dissolution honours list announced today.

Alexander served in the Treasury for all of the last parliament, working closely with Chancellor George Osborne in the coalition government.

He is joined in being knighted by Vince Cable, who ended the last parliament as secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.

At the same time, former health minister Andrew Lansley is to be given a peerage, as well as former foreign secretary William Hague after both stepped down at the last election.

Also entering the Lords is former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling, former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell, as well as David Blunkett, Peter Hain and Tessa Jowell.

Former Treasury special adviser Rupert Harrison, credited as the architect of pensions freedom, is to get a CBE, while former public accounts committee chair Margaret Hodge will be handed a DBE for political and public service.


Greg Hands replaces Danny Alexander as Treasury chief secretary

Conservative party whip Greg Hands has been named as chief secretary to the Treasury, replacing Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander. Hands has served in the Tory whip office since 2011, but was handed his new role as part of today’s Cabinet reshuffle. As chief secretary, Hands will be the second most senior MP in the Treasury, […]

Danny Alexander: Govt on track to raise £4bn from tax dodgers

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has confirmed the Government is on track to raise £7bn a year in its crackdown on tax dodgers by the end of the Parliament. Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this week, Alexander (pictured) said the Government is set to raise £4bn this year in its […]


Lib Dems fill key financial services posts

New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has named two members of the House of Lords as his shadows for the Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions. Baroness Susan Kramer and Baroness Zahida Manzoor will serve as the Lib Dem spokespeople for economics and work and pensions, respectively. Kramer has experience of financial services […]


Politicians and advisers line up to attack Sants’ knighthood

Politicians and advisers have lined up to attack the decision to award a knighthood to former FSA chief executive Hector Sants. Sants was named in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to financial services and regulation. Tory MP Steve Baker says: “I am surprised he has been knighted, it seems to be a […]

Europe: banking on a recovery

Neptune video: Europe — banking on a recovery

Arguing that the eurozone crisis is over, watch Rob Burnett, head of European equities at Neptune, discuss the sectors that he’s investing in to harness the recovery. 

In the video, Burnett addresses the following: 

• The primary drivers of the eurozone’s economic recovery
• The turnaround in individual countries’ current accounts
• Sectors best positioned to harness the recovery, without offering undue exposure to risk


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  1. Clear evidence of how honours have devalued !

    They use to be awarded for exceptional contribution…… looks like, just being average is sufficient these days.

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