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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's ex-right hand man bids for seat - Edinburgh Evening News
Edinburgh Evening NewsAlistair Darling's ex-right hand man bids for seatEdinburgh Evening NewsAngus Armstrong, 51, has thrown his hat in the ring to become Labour candidate in the seat at next year's general election. Mr Darling announced last month he was standing down after 27 years in the Commons. So far the leading contenders for the seat ...and more »
Alistair Darling warned David Cameron on morning of referendum result NOT to ... - Scottish Daily Record
Scottish Daily RecordAlistair Darling warned David Cameron on morning of referendum result NOT to ...Scottish Daily RecordALISTAIR Darling warned David Cameron on the morning of the referendum result not to announce plans to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs at Westminster as it would feed support for the losing SNP side. The frantic 5am call from the leader of ...Darling warned Cameron not to pursue EVEL following Scottish voteLeft Foot ForwardDarling told PM to steer clear of 'English laws'Edinburgh Evening Newsall 194 news articles »
Alistair Darling's 5am plea to PM ignored after Scottish no vote - The Guardian
The GuardianAlistair Darling's 5am plea to PM ignored after Scottish no voteThe GuardianDavid Cameron ignored a 5am plea from Alistair Darling in the immediate aftermath of the Scottish referendum to avoid throwing the Scottish National party a lifeline by announcing plans to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs, the Guardian can ...and more »
Heroes of 2014: Alistair Darling, the man who helped save the union - The Guardian
The GuardianHeroes of 2014: Alistair Darling, the man who helped save the unionThe GuardianAs leader of the cross-party Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling relied on Conservative money while also having to fire up Labour activists and involve senior Liberal Democrats. And all the while he had to rebut nationalist claims that the whole ...

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