Tributes pour in as top Labour politician dies

Former chancellor and Labour politician Alistair Darling has passed away at the age of 70, according to a spokesperson on behalf of his family.

A statement issued on behalf of his family said: ‘The death of Alistair Darling, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and long-serving member of the Labour cabinet, was announced in Edinburgh today.

‘Mr Darling, the much-loved husband of Margaret and beloved father of Calum and Anna, died after a short spell in Western General Hospital under the wonderful care of the cancer team.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has led tributes to the political stalwart, and said Alistair Darling ‘lived a life devoted to public service’ and he would be remembered for guiding Britain through the global financial crisis with ‘calm expertise and honesty’.

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