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Alistair Darling to stand down as Labour MP at 2015 general election

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling has announced he will stand down as a Labour MP at the next election.

Mr Darling, who entered Parliament in 1987, recently led the successful Better Together campaign to keep Scotland as part of the United Kingdom.

He served as Chancellor between 2007-2010 after a holding a range of Cabinet roles following Labour's election in 1997.

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Miliband: Darling was an 'extraordinary public servant'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to Alistair Darling as a man of "values, decency and kindness" who "distinguished himself as an extraordinary public servant" after he confirmed he will stand down as an MP at the next election.

Mr Miliband said Mr Darling played a "crucial role in helping" Labour win power in 1997 and showed "both conviction and competence" in his various Cabinet roles.

Ed Miliband said Alistair Darling will 'always be remembered' for leading and winning the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

He said the former chancellor could "take pride" that he "helped steer our country through the worst financial crisis to hit the world in living memory", adding: "His was a calm head when calm heads were needed.?"

Mr Miliband said the MP for Edinburgh South West would "always be remembered for leading and winning" the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom and would be "much missed from the House of Commons".

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