Alistair Darling is a labour politician and former Chancellor during the turbulent years of the financial crisis. Now acting as the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair is a prominent authority on politics and economics. A sought after keynote speaker, the politician can educate on subjects such as Brexit, the economic climate and the financial crisis. Erudite and an expert on current affairs, Alistair is a perfect choice for the corporate circuit.
Alistair Darling served as Chancellor of the Exchequer during the most turbulent economic time in living history, from 2007-2010.
By introducing the measures required to deter the complete bankruptcy of the international banking system, he became a lauded and respected leader whose name is now synonymous with the forces that repaired the balance in the global financial markets.
A Law graduate from the University of Aberdeen, Alistair had politics in his blood. The great-nephew of Sir William Darling - a Conservative MP for Edinburgh South during the 40s and 50s – he nurtured his political interests during his time as a solicitor in Edinburgh. Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates – a body of independent lawyers who’ve been admitted to practise as Advocates before the Courts of Scotland – his work allowed him to take to the podium before judges and juries, and his desire to embrace public life was nurtured.
Alistair entered politics for the Labour party in the 1987 General Election, beating the sitting Conservative MP by 2,262 votes, and the rest is history.
As Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Tony Blair’s first Cabinet, and subsequently moving to Work & Pensions, then taking joint responsibility for the Scotland Office and the Department of Transport, Alistair finally took the head role in the Treasury under Gordon Brown.
As Chancellor, he was widely credited with preventing the global financial recession from spiralling further into the abyss, and at the end of his tenure government borrowing was down, and unemployment was lower than predicted. Alistair’s vision for the future is that the country won’t be able to adapt to future needs unless both private and public sectors work together and that Labour must hold centre ground.
In 2011, he published his memoirs of his time as Chancellor. Back from the Brink: 1,000 Days at Number 11 focusses on the government’s response to the financial crisis as well as examining the inner workings of the Labour Party under the leadership of Gordon Brown.
As a backbencher, Alistair spends his leisure time fishing and walking in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and leading the currently successful campaign for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Alistair also speaks about the decision to leave the EU and how this might impact Britain's economy.