Scotland after independence outlined in white paper

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Scottish National Party urged citizens to weigh the country's bid for independence as they review the party's white paper on an independent Scotland.

Scotland releases independence timetable

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- If Scottish voters approve independence in an October 2014 referendum, the wish will become a fact in March 2016, the Scottish National Party said Tuesday.

Darling launches Better Together campaign

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 25 (UPI) -- Former British Chancellor Alistair Darling said Monday Scottish independence from the United Kingdom would create a "one-way ticket to uncertainty."

Salmond kicks off independence campaign

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 25 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has launched a drive to encourage his compatriots to vote for independence.

Miliband speech irks former Labor leaders

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Members of Britain's last Labor government criticized party leader Ed Miliband Wednesday for a stem-winding speech on business practices.

Memoir details troubles with Gordon Brown

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Leaked extracts from Alistair Darling's upcoming memoir suggest everyone had trouble with his predecessor as British chancellor, Gordon Brown.
Darling laments bonus pay tax

Darling laments bonus pay tax

LONDON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said a tax on massive bank executive bonus checks had only a short-term effect.

London courting North Sea developers

LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Energy companies will not explore the oil and gas resources near Scotland's Shetland Islands without significant economic incentives, ministers said.
Darling: Tories can't fund promises

Darling: Tories can't fund promises

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British Conservative Party has made $55 billion in unfunded promises, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said Monday.
British bankers hit with steep bonus tax

British bankers hit with steep bonus tax

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced a tax on bankers' bonus checks, but said in a budget presentation banks would foot the bill.

Bankers think lawsuit prior to 'supertax'

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A prominent tax accountant in Britain said bankers were inquiring about suing the government, which is contemplating a 50 percent bank bonus pay tax.

Unemployment expected to rise in Britain

LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Unemployment in Britain likely will continue to rise for "a while," Britain's chancellor of the exchequer said Thursday.

G20 finance ministers' climate role urged

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Finance ministers from the Group of 20 were urged at their summit in Scotland Saturday to get more involved in climate change.
Sarkozy, again, tied to G20 walkout threat

Sarkozy, again, tied to G20 walkout threat

PARIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The secretary-general of the Elysee said French President Sarkozy could walk out on next week's Group of 20 meeting if leaders fail to act on bank bonuses.
Darling, Geithner, predict growth ahead

Darling, Geithner, predict growth ahead

LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in London the U.S. and global economies are poised to make a recovery within the year.
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Alistair Darling
British Finance Minister Alistair Darling poses for a photograph at the Treasury Department in Washington on October 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Alistair Maclean Darling (born 28 November 1953) is a British Labour Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1987, currently for Edinburgh South West. He has been the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer since May 2010, and served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010. Darling was one of only three people to have served in the Cabinet continuously from Labour's victory in 1997 until its defeat in 2010 (the others being Gordon Brown and Jack Straw).

Darling was initially appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1997, moving to become Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 1998. Spending four years at the department, he spent another four years as Secretary of State for Transport, also becoming Secretary of State for Scotland in 2003. Prime Minister Tony Blair moved Darling for a final time, to Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 2006, before Gordon Brown promoted Darling to Chancellor in 2007.

Alistair Darling was born in London the son of a civil engineer, Thomas, and his wife, Anna. He is the great-nephew of Sir William Darling, who was Conservative MP for Edinburgh South (1945–1957). He was educated in Kirkcaldy, and the private Loretto School, Musselburgh, East Lothian, then attended the University of Aberdeen where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B). He became the head of Aberdeen University Students Union. Before joining the Labour Party at the age of 23 in 1977, Darling was a supporter of the International Marxist Group, the British section of the Trotskyist Fourth International. He became a solicitor in 1978, then changed course for the Scots bar and was admitted as an advocate in 1984. He was elected as a councillor to the Lothian Regional Council in 1982 where he supported large rates rises in defiance of Margaret Thatcher's rate-capping laws and even threatened not to set a rate at all. He served on the council until he was elected to Parliament. He was also a board member for the Lothian and Borders Police and became a governor of Napier College in 1985 for two years.

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