Alistair  Darling  is  one  of  only  three  MPs  to  have  been  a  Cabinet  minister  throughout  the
entire period Labour was in government from 1997 to 2010. 
 
He has been Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Secretary of State for Social Security, for Work
and Pensions, for Transport, for Scotland, and for Trade and Industry. He was Chancellor of
the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010. 
 
As  Chancellor  he  had  to  deal  with  the first  run  on  a British  bank since  1860  and  with  the
worst financial crisis in modern history. 

Seminar Convenors: Andrew Stockley, Tom Lubbock, and Alex Eagle.