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Alistair Darling
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Alistair Darling

The Right Honourable Alistair Darling is a British politician for the Labour Party, and is Secretary of State for Transport and separately Secretary of State for Scotland

He entered Parliament in 1987 as MP for Edinburgh Central. He soon became a home affairs spokesman, and at the time of the 1997 General Election had risen to Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and was transferred to the real office after the election. In 1998 he was made Work and Pensions Secretary, and was transferred to Transport in 2002, when his predecessor Stephen Byers resigned after a great deal of criticism. After the rump Scottish Office was folded into the Department for Constitutional Affairs, he was made Scottish Secretary also.

Darling has a striking pair of black eyebrows which contrast starkly with his silvery hair. Consequently, critics often compare the minister to penguins, cows, badgers and other black-white animals. Many of these nicknames were previously applied to Norman Lamont, another British politician with very prominent eyebrows.

Preceded by:
Harriet Harman
Secretary of State for Social Security
1998-2001
Followed by:
Office Replaced
Preceded by:
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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
2001-2002
Followed by:
Andrew Smith
Preceded by:
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Secretary of State for Transport
2002-
Followed by:
Current Incumbent
Preceded by:
Helen Liddell
Secretary of State for Scotland
2003-
Followed by:
Current Incumbent

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