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Vince Cable backs 'exceptional' Danny Alexander

Vince Cable and Danny Alexander
Image caption Vince Cable [left] has backed Danny Alexander

The new coalition government's business secretary has described Scottish Lib Dem Danny Alexander as an exceptionally able politician who will be very good in his new job.

Vince Cable was speaking following the appointment of Mr Alexander as chief secretary to the Treasury

Some in the City suggested Tory MP Philip Hammond should have replaced David Laws, who has resigned.

However, Mr Cable said the City did not appoint the government.

In an interview with BBC Radio Good Morning Scotland, he added: "This is a coalition government. We have got some very able people and the right people in the right jobs. Backseat driving [from the City] isn't terribly helpful at this stage."

Liberal Democrat MP Mr Cable is due to meet Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Tuesday.

He is also due to visit the Student Loans Company's offices in Glasgow, where he will meet new chief executive Ed Lester along with National Union of Students president-elect Aaron Porter.

In addition, Mr Cable will have talks with business leaders at CBI Scotland before meeting Mr Salmond.

Clear statement

During the radio interview, the politician was asked about allegations regarding the expense claims of Mr Alexander.

But Mr Cable insisted: "Danny Alexander made a very clear statement - he hasn't done anything improper, he's going to get on with the job."

He added that all parties were criticised over expenses, and it was agreed the system needed changing.

A spokesman for Mr Salmond said the first minister was looking forward to meeting the business secretary "as part of the process of developing a constructive working relationship with the UK government".

He added: "It is important that the 'respect agenda' is delivered in deeds as well as words, and the Scottish government have set out a range of areas where we aim to secure progress."

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