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Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling to stand down

Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling will step down as an MP at the general election.

Darling has been Labour MP for Edinburgh South West since 2005 and held the post of chancellor between 2007 and 2010. He has been an MP since 1987.

Darling also led the ‘Better Together’ campaign that eventually emerged victorious from the Scottish independence referendum.

His departure comes weeks after Johann Lamont resigned as Scottish Labour leader.

Labour leader Ed Miliband says Darling has been an “extraordinary public servant”.

He says: “He played a crucial role in helping Labour into government in 1997. And then throughout Labour’s years in government he was a member of the Cabinet, playing a leading role in building a stronger, fairer country.

“From helping to get people back to work and tackling poverty, to building industrial prosperity, Alistair was a minister who showed both conviction and competence.

“He can also take pride that as chancellor he helped steer our country through the worst financial crisis to hit the world in living memory. His was a calm head when calm heads were needed.‎

“When he could have left frontline politics, he took on the role as chair of Better Together in the Scottish referendum campaign.

“He will always be remembered for leading and winning that campaign, and keeping Scotland in our United Kingdom.”

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  1. This is a pity. When you consider who the present shadow chancellor is, the Labour party can ill afford to lose someone like Alistair Darling even if he was on the back benches currently

  2. He’ll be wanting his House of Lords freebie for his little referendum stint.

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