Alistair Darling

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Person.png Alistair Darling  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Hendon, England
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
SpouseMargaret Vaughan
Member ofChatham House/Governors
UK politician, governance of Chatham House

Employment.png Chair of the Better Together Campaign

In office
1 June 2012 - 19 September 2014

Employment.png Chancellor of the Exchequer Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
28 June 2007 - 11 May 2010
Preceded byGordon Brown
Succeeded byGeorge Osborne

Employment.png Secretary of State for Trade and Industry link=, _Energy_and_Industrial_Strategy

In office
5 May 2006 - 27 June 2007
Preceded byAlan Johnson

Employment.png Secretary of State for Scotland Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
13 June 2003 - 5 May 2006
Preceded byHelen Liddell

Employment.png Secretary of State for Transport Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
29 May 2002 - 5 May 2006

Employment.png Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
27 July 1998 - 29 May 2002
Succeeded byAndrew Smith

Employment.png Chief Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
3 May 1997 - 27 July 1998
Preceded byWilliam Waldegrave

Employment.png Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
25 July 1996 - 3 May 1997
BossKenneth Clarke
Preceded byAndrew Smith


Entered parliament in 1987. He was the Opposition home affairs spokesman from 88-92. Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1996-7 and Chief Secretary to the Treasury after Labour's election victory in 1997-8.

In 1998, he became Work and Pensions Secretary, a position he held until 2002. On Stephen Byers resignation, he became transport secretary which he held until becoming Trade and Industry Secretary in May 2006.

Acccording to a BBC profile, Darling was “regarded as one of Tony Blair's most trusted colleagues, despite keeping a foot firmly in the Gordon Brown camp”.[1]

Since June 2007, Darling has was Chancellor of the Exchequer. For a full biography, see Alistair Darling's website.

Nuclear views

We Cannot Ignore Nuclear

Soon after becoming Trade and Industry Secretary, Alistair Darling gave a speech to the Fabian Society on Energy. He said that "nuclear cannot be ignored. It generates a substantial part of our electricity now – much of it baseload." [2]

We Can't Turn Our Back on Nuclear

Soon after Darling confirmed that the Government will not turn its back on nuclear power. Darling told the Commons at question time: "Nuclear waste is one aspect that needs to be looked at. Nuclear has provided us with a baseload supply of electricity. It represents about 19% of electricity generation at the moment. If we don't do anything it will go down to between 6% and 7% in the next 20 years or so. It is something that does need to be considered and I don't believe we can simply turn our back on that."[3]

If We Do the Lights Will Go Out

In an interview with The Guardian in June 2006, Darling gave the strongest hint yet of his support for nuclear. "We run a serious risk that some day someone will go into the living room, flick the switch and and nothing will happen because we do not have the capability to generate any energy from any source at all," said Darling, adding that nuclear had to be part of the mix to avoid the lights going out. His comments would "delight" the nuclear industry, reported The Guardian[4].

So Let's Go Nuclear

On July 11, 2006, Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary, gave the green light to a new generation of nuclear power plants, saying that nuclear power would make a "significant contribution" to cutting carbon emissions and Britain's energy needs.[5]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/200724 January 200728 January 2007SwitzerlandOnly the 449 public figures listed of ~2200 participants
WEF/Annual Meeting/200923 January 200927 January 2009World Economic Forum
Chairman Klaus Schwab outlined five objectives driving the Forum’s efforts to shape the global agenda, including letting the banks that caused the 2008 economic crisis keep writing the rules, the climate change agenda, over-national government structures, taking control over businesses with the stakeholder agenda, and a "new charter for the global economic order".
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  1. BBC, Alistair Darling - Profile, 5 May 2006.
  2. The Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, To The Fabian Society, 5 June 2006.
  3. The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Darling Pressed on Nuclear Power, 13 June 2006.
  4. Terry Macalister and Patrick Wintour, "Energy Review - The Lights Will Go Out If We Avoid the Nuclear Option, says Darling", The Guardian, 28 June 2006
  5. Matthew Tempest, "Nuclear Power to Make 'Significant Contribution', Says Darling", The Guardian, 11 July 2006.