Alan Milburn (born January 27, 1958) is a British politician. He is Labour MP for Darlington, and was a member of the cabinet as Secretary of State for Health before his resignation on June 12, 2003. His resignation, which came in advance of a cabinet reshuffle, was unexpected, as he was seen as a loyal Blairite and a rising star of the government. He cited the difficulties combining family life in North-East England with a demanding job in London as his reason for quitting.