Alistair, Baron Darling of Roulanish is Hamburg Summit keynote

The Rt Hon the Lord Darling of Roulanish is the keynote for the Autumn Pan-European Fund Selector Summit taking place 28-30 September at the Hotel Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall.

Darling served as the UK’s chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010, during the most turbulent and far-reaching economic crisis the world had seen for 60 years. He introduced the measures needed to avert a collapse of the banking system, and played a leading part in restoring stability to global financial markets.

He worked as a solicitor in Edinburgh before being called to the Scottish Bar and entering the UK Parliament. He became chief secretary to the Treasury in Labour prime minister Tony Blair’s first Cabinet, moving to the Work & Pensions department, then taking joint responsibility for the Scotland Office and the Department for Transport. His final role under prime minister Blair was at the helm of Trade & Industry, after which Gordon Brown promoted him to the Treasury.

As chancellor, Alistair Darling was widely credited with preventing recession from spiralling into a repeat of the Great Depression. By the time he left office, government borrowing was less than forecast, and unemployment and repossessions were both lower than many had anticipated. Looking forward he believes that the UK Labour Party must stay in the centre ground, and that the country will not be able to adapt to future needs unless both private and public sectors work together.

Having left parliament after 28 years, and after leading the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, Darling now looks at the events in Westminster and the financial markets with a new perspective. He also has more time to enjoy fishing and walking in the Hebrides, and spending time in the family croft. His love of the island of Lewis led journalist Magnus Linklater to celebrate his “perfect balance of Gaelic romanticism and Edinburgh canniness.”

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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