FORMER Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has died aged 70 after a short illness.

Darling served as chancellor of the exchequer under Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2010. 

Born in London, Darling went to the independent Loretto School in Musselburgh and graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1976 with a legal degree, later becoming a solicitor.

He first entered politics as a councillor on Lothian Regional Council in 1982, later elected as an MP for Edinburgh Central in 1987. 

Darling was one of the figureheads of the Better Together campaign during the independence referendum in 2014, notably going against then-SNP leader and first minister Alex Salmond in televised debates. 

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