After the 2010 election, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government - the first in decades. At the head of that coalition were four men that shaped the direction of the government. The foursome of Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander were once the top political players in the land. According to the Spectator, “It decide[d] all major matters of policy, inviting other ministers along where necessary.”
Where are they now?
The short answer is: not in parliament. Alexander was caught up in 2015’s SNP-tide while David Cameron stepped down shortly after his EU referendum defeat. Following this, George “thirty-job” Osborne voluntarily left parliamentary-life at the 2017 general election, the same vote at which Nick Clegg was booted out by Labour.
The first of the quad to leave parliament, Alexander has been out of office for over two years. According to Alexander’s Twitter page, the former Lib Dem minister has gone far. He is the Vice President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and is based in Beijing.
Earlier this year, the Telegraph reported that Alexander said:
“Asia is the fastest-growing part of the world economy. Infrastructure is not just important to Asian countries. That is why I think you have so many non-Asian countries who have joined the bank.”
What now for a relatively young ex-prime minister? He has certainly been in the news a fair bit since leaving Downing Street, having made comments about both the EU and the direction of the Conservative Party. On top of that, according to the Telegraph, he was made the President of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Since leaving cabinet at the ascension of May’s premiership, Osborne has been a busy man. He is now the editor of the Evening Standard. According to the Guardian, he is also an honorary economics professor at the University of Manchester, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership chair and a Blackrock advisor.
He has certainly been busy so it is no wonder he stepped down as an MP.
Nick Clegg kept his seat despite a near wipe-out for his party in the 2015 general election. Then, two years later, he finally succumbed to defeat.
Since then has announced that he will not be standing in his old seat when the next election comes, as reported by ITV.