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Danny Alexander: Knighthood 'recognition for getting country on track'

The former former chief secretary to the Treasury was made a Sir at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Danny Alexander: Awarded a knighthood at Buckingham Palace.
Danny Alexander: Awarded a knighthood at Buckingham Palace. John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Danny Alexander has said his knighthood is "recognition" for "turning the economy around and getting the country on the right track".

The former chief secretary to the Treasury was one of the four Liberal Democrats who helped draw up the Coalition government agreement in 2010.

The 43-year-old was accompanied by his wife Rebecca and daughters Isabel, eight, and Isla, five, at Buckingham Palace for the ceremony.

He said: "It was a great honour and a wonderful ceremony and it's all rather humbling.

"It was something I didn't expect but it is a real honour to have the recognition for the work I did in the Coalition government - turning the economy around and getting the country on the right track."

The former MP lost his Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey seat to the Scottish National Party's Drew Hendry in May's general election.

Mr Alexander also refused to comment on the current government.

However he said he is now working with the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign and Chance To Shine, a charity promoting cricket in state schools.

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