WIRRAL MPs have paid tribute to the former UK chancellor Alistair Darling following his death aged 70.

Mr Darling, who spent almost three decades as a Labour MP and 13 years in government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, died after spending time in hospital being treated for cancer.

Darling has been remembered for his “calmness in a crisis” and his “wry good humour” by those around him.

After holding a series of government posts, including transport secretary and Scottish secretary in the Blair government, Mr Darling was appointed chancellor when Mr Brown took over at Number 10 in 2007.

While chancellor, he steered the UK through the financial crisis of 2008, with Mr Brown recalling that he “guided the Treasury and the United Kingdom through traumatic financial events”.

After leaving the House of Commons, Mr Darling joined the House of Lords, but retired five years after being made a life peer.

Following the announcement of his death, MPs from across the borough have paid tribute on social media with many stating they were “saddened” by the news.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle tweeted: “Very sad and shocked by this news I worked with Alistair as a Minister at Work and Pensions and at the Treasury too. He had the driest sense of humour and was calm in any storm steering always to calmer waters - He had integrity and wisdom. Thoughts with Maggie and family.”

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood said: “I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Alistair Darling. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: “So shocked and sad to hear about Alistair Darling. Such a kind and wise friend who not only made a huge difference to our country himself, but who supported many others in public life. Thinking of all the times he was there for us.”