Elections 4 May 2010 Where is Alistair Darling? Labour has missed a trick in not deploying the Chancellor at the forefront of its election campaign. Print HTML Where is Alistair Darling? In my view, he's been MIA over the course of this campaign. OKy, he's delivered a speech or two, garnering some headlines. But shouldn't he have been at every Labour press conference, sitting beside Peter Mandelson, exuding calm and confidence? Defending and promoting Labour's record on the economy and reminding voters of the importance of judgement? ComRes polls show Darling is more respected and trusted on economic issues than his Tory shadow, George Osborne. And a Financial Times survey of City types revealed that they agree with the general public, and prefer Darling to Osborne. It's no wonder he's been touted in the newspapers as Labour's next (caretaker) leader. Darling could have been a vote-winner for Labour in this volatile campaign. It was a mistake to hold him back. › Election 2010 Lookahead: Tuesday 4 May Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe More Related articles Europe’s last Blairite: Can Manuel Valls win the French presidency? Labour slumps to fourth place in North Hykeham and Sleaford by-election What are Len McCluskey's chances of re-election at Unite?