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Chancellor of the Exchequer - Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling, appointed as the chancellor in June 2007, has long been close politically to Gordon Brown, but also rose steadily through the ranks under Tony Blair.

His previous role had been in trade and industry, and before that, he took on the sensitive transport portfolio when Stephen Byers resigned.

He was also responsible for delivering Labour's social security reforms during a spell in charge of the Department of Work and Pensions.

In each of those jobs he has been considered a safe pair of hands - often portrayed as a competent, if rather dull minister by the media - and has been rewarded each time with promotion.

Alistair Darling

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