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A British Labour Party politician. The leader of the Better Together cross-party group since 2012.
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ENG: Alistair Darling (born 28 November 1953) is a British Labour Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1987, currently for Edinburgh South West. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010. Darling was one of only three people to have served in the Cabinet continuously from Labour's victory in 1997 until its defeat in 2010 (the others being Gordon Brown and Jack Straw). Darling was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1997, moving to become Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 1998. Spending four years at the department, he spent another four years as Secretary of State for Transport, also becoming Secretary of State for Scotland in 2003. Prime Minister Tony Blair moved Darling for a final time, to Secretary of State for Trade and ...
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Darling: I was wrong on recession

Alistair Darling, has admitted that he and his Treasury officials got it wrong over the length and severity of the recession and that he will be forced to tear up his economic predictions.He will slash his growth forecast in the budget and warn that there will be no economic recovery until the end of the year, dashing hopes that last week’s G20 summit will be followed by an early upturn. “It's worse than we thought,” Darling said this weekend.His admission comes as an opinion poll for The Sunday Times shows that Labour has enjoyed a “bounce” from the G20 summit. ...

UK cannot afford budget giveaway to boost economy

Darling unveiled a £25bn fiscal package in last autumn's pre-budget report (PBR) and predicted that the measures coupled with the fall in tax revenues caused by the recession would push the budget deficit to £118bn in 2009-10. Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, fired a shot across Gordon Brown's bows yesterday when he warned that the deteriorating state of Britain's public finances ruled out a giveaway budget next month to boost the economy. "I think the fiscal position in the UK is not one where we could say, well, why don't we just engage in another significant ...

Darling Considering Ways to Support Lloyds After Shares Plun

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said the U.K. is considering ways to support to Lloyds Banking Group Plc, whose share price dropped 32 percent yesterday.“There are a range of options open to us,” Darling said on the BBC’s Newsnight program when asked whether he would pledge government funds to Lloyds. “We’ve got to work with banks to ensure that bad debts are identified and revealed. If we don’t get these bad assets out of the system, banks will not lend.”Lloyds fell after saying it expects HBOS Plc, the U.K. lender it took over last ...

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Alistair Darling pressures Ed Miliband to reject SNP deal - Telegraph.co.uk
Telegraph.co.ukAlistair Darling pressures Ed Miliband to reject SNP dealTelegraph.co.ukAsked what Ed Miliband should say to the SNP offer to put him in Downing Street, Mr Darling said: “If we don't have a majority, and I hope we do because that's the only way of stopping the prospect of Britain being broken up and of our country going ...Any talk of a Labour pact with SNP is nonsense, says DarlingThe Times (subscription)Election 2015: Scottish power at WestminsterBBC NewsEd Miliband: David Cameron is talking up the SNP not tackling themThe NationalScotsman -The Electronic Intifada (blog) -The Week UKall 1,033 news articles »
Major and his shrieking chorus are so out of tune - Herald Scotland
Major and his shrieking chorus are so out of tuneHerald ScotlandAlistair Darling, fresh from leading the Better Together effort, says the idea of Labour reaching any form of accommodation with Ms Sturgeon's party is "for the birds". And Mr Miliband seems prepared, at last, to agree publicly with his former colleague.and more »
Alistair Darling hosted 1981 republican party - Edinburgh Evening News
Edinburgh Evening NewsAlistair Darling hosted 1981 republican partyEdinburgh Evening NewsBob Thomson, a former Scottish Labour chairman, said Mr Darling, who stepped down from Westminster last month, had very different political tendencies in the 1980s. “Alistair advocated left-wing and confrontation with the government,” he said. “He was ...and more »

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