The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP is Secretary of State for the Department for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland.
Previously Mr Darling was Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions from June 2001 to May 2002; Secretary of State for Social Security between July 1998 and June 2001, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from May 1997 to July 1998.
Alistair Darling was the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from July 1996 to April 1997, Opposition Spokesman on the City and Financial Services between 1992 and July 1996 and in the Opposition Home Affairs Team from 1988-92.
Alistair Darling attended Loretto School, Musselburgh, and studied law at Aberdeen University. He worked as a solicitor in Edinburgh before being called to the Scottish Bar and admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1984. He has been the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Central since 1987.
Before becoming an MP, he was a member of Lothian Regional Council, and Chairman of the Council's Transport Committee.
Alistair Darling is married to Margaret Vaughan and has two children.