A FORMER Darlington MP has been officially installed as the third Chancellor of Lancaster University.

Alan Milburn was the Labour MP for Darlington from 1992 to 2010 and served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Health and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, before his resignation from party politics in 2010.

He is now the Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission and runs his own consultancy, advising governments and corporations worldwide.

He is also involved in a variety of charitable projects.

Mr Milburn, a Lancaster University graduate, succeeds mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington as Chancellor.

Speaking at his installation today (Wednesday, March 4) Mr Milburn said he was honored to accept the role.

He said: “From its humble beginnings in 1964, Lancaster has gone on to have a profound impact not just on this lovely city and the wider region but across our country and far beyond.”

Mr Milburn opened the University’s new, multi-million pound Engineering Building and later

attended an afternoon tea to meet University staff before giving an evening lecture.