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Alistair Darling MP

Former chancellor of the exchequer

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Former chancellor Alistair Darling and Ed Balls have clashed over Labour's plans to deal with the deficit, the Guardian reports. Mr Darling will warn the party conference that they will lose credibility if they move away from his program of halving the deficit, while Mr Balls urges a slower pace of recovery.


Darling: 'Our judgement was right'

The outgoing shadow chancellor Alistair Darling has defended Labour's economic policies during the recession, saying that "our judgement was proved right" in saving the banks. He also praised Ed Miliband who he said would "win back the trust and support we need from this country".


Miliband would 'do more from taxation'

Ed Miliband has hinted he would raise taxes, rather than cut public services to reduce the budget deficit. In an interview with Channel 4 News, the new Labour leader said if in government he would use tax to "lighten the load and the cuts and the impact that it is going to have on ordinary families".


Experts predict bleak future for euro

A group of economists and politicians from all sides have said the eurozone cannot survive in its present form. Writing for the Independent, expert figures including Alistair Darling, David Laws and Ed Balls warn the single currency is doomed without reform. 


Darling warns Ed on economy

Outgoing shadow chancellor Alistair Darling has defended Labour's economic policies during the recession, saying that "our judgement was proved right". In a speech to the Labour party conference he said voters would not take Ed Miliband seriously unless he had a clear plan to cut the deficit.


Darling fall-out continues

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling has admitted his "fundamental disagreements" with Gordon Brown on economic policy undermined Labour at the last election. He told the Andrew Marr show that senior Labour politicians should have done more about Mr Brown's leadership.


Mr Darling said the "object lesson" for a government to "function properly" was the need for "complete unity at the top". His memoirs state that he met with David Miliband to discuss the possibility of removing Mr Brown from his position.


Mr Darling also criticised the Bank of England and its Governor, Sir Mervyn King, saying it "lacked anywhere near an adequate understanding of what was going on in the banking system" in 2008.