Richard Darlington is a former UK government special adviser.  He now works at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a UK think tank with links to the Labour Party.
Darlington worked as senior press officer at the Department of Trade and Industry from 2002 until 2004, when he was appointed special adviser to the education secretary, Ruth Kelly. 
He had previously worked at the IPPR as a media manager until 2002. He chose to rejoin IPPR after working on the 2005 UK general election campaign.
In 2008 Darlington became communications director of creative partnerships at Arts council England, the national development agency for the arts in England that distributes public money from the Government and the National Lottery. 
He was later appointed special adviser to the international development secretary and general election coordinator Douglas Alexander in 2010. 
Darlington headed the Open Left project at think tank Demos in 2010, then once again rejoined IPPR as head of news. 
- ↑ About IPPR IPPR, accessed 22 October 2014
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Richard Darlington IPPR, accessed 22 October 2014
- ↑ Arts Council England, artscouncil, accessed 27 October 2014
- ↑ Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP www.parliament.uk, accessed 22 October 2014