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”.
Since June 2007, Darling has served as Chancellor of the Exchequer. For a full biography, see Alistair Darling's website.
See the relevant SpinProfiles page on Alistair Darling
- BBC, Alistair Darling - Profile, 5 May 2006.