Alistair Maclean Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish, PC, born on November 28, 1953 and passing away in 2023, was a prominent British politician affiliated with the Labour Party. Notably, he assumed the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer during Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s tenure from 2007 to 2010.
Who was Alistair Darling?
Alistair Darling was born in London into a family of distinguished politicians, including his great-nephew, Sir William Darling, a Conservative/Unionist MP for Edinburgh South and a former Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Thomas Darling was a civil engineer, and Anna MacLean was his wife.
He attended Loretto School in Musselburgh and Chinthurst School in Tadworth, Surrey, before continuing his education at the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). He distinguished himself during his time as an undergraduate by rising to the position of president of the Aberdeen University Students’ Representative Council.
Alistair Darling’s political career developed as he assumed a number of important positions in the British government. His ministerial career began in 1997, when Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed him as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Later, in 1998, he was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a role he held for four years.
Alistair Darling Obituary and Funeral
Building on his experience, in 2003 Darling went into a dual role, holding the positions of Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport simultaneously. During this time, he demonstrated his adaptability and capacity to oversee a variety of government portfolios.
His political career spanned several decades, as he served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1987 until his voluntary departure in 2015, representing Edinburgh South West in his final term. Blair’s last-minute manoeuvre in 2006 saw Darling take on the positions of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and President of the Board of Trade, showcasing his prowess in economic affairs.
Alistair Darling declared that he would not run for reelection in the 2015 general election and would be retiring from active politics after a distinguished career in politics. His contributions were acknowledged when he was shortlisted for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours, and on December 1, 2015, he was made Baron Darling of Roulanish, of Great Bernera in the County of Ross and Cromarty.
In July 2020, Alistair Darling announced his retirement from the House of Lords, capping a career in politics and leaving a legacy characterised by his broad service to the United Kingdom, especially in periods of political and economic hardship.
Alistair Darling Cause Of Death
On November 30, 2023, Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, passed away. He was seventy years old. In a statement, his family confirmed the news and said he had passed away following a brief stay in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital under the care of the cancer team.
Although the statement didn’t specifically state what kind of cancer Darling was battling, it is well known that he had received a recent diagnosis. Despite undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, his health had declined in the past few months.