Alex Salmond

Born Dec 31, 1954

Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is a Scottish politician and current First Minister of Scotland. He became Scotland's fourth First Minister in May 2007. He is the Leader of the Scottish National Party, having served as Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Gordon. From 1987 to 2010 he served as Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.… Read More

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1954 Birth Salmond was born in his parents' home at 101 Preston Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, on 31 December 1954. … Read More


1977 22 Years Old He was elected as Vice-President (Education) of the Students' Representative Council in 1977 and was also nominated to join St Andrews Community Council that year. … Read More
1978 23 Years Old In 1978 he entered the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, part of the now defunct Scottish Office. … Read More
1981 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Salmond married Moira McGlashan in 1981. … Read More


1987 32 Years Old In 1987 he stood for Parliament in Banff and Buchan and defeated the incumbent Conservative MP, Albert McQuarrie. … Read More
1988 33 Years Old He was at this time still viewed as being firmly on the left of the party and had become a key ally of Jim Sillars, who joined him in the British House of Commons when he won a by-election for the seat of Glasgow Govan in 1988. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old His first test as leader was the general election in 1992, with the SNP having high hopes of making an electoral breakthrough. … Read More


1999 44 Years Old Salmond was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was one of its highest-profile members.
2000 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Salmond resigned as SNP leader in 2000 and did not seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament. … Read More
2001 46 Years Old He left the Scottish Parliament in 2001 to lead the SNP group in the House of Commons.
2003 48 Years Old During the prolonged parliamentary debates in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq he voiced strong opposition to the UK's participation. … Read More
Salmond was once again elected SNP leader in 2004 and the following year held his Banff and Buchan seat in the 2005 general election. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old Although he was re-elected in the 2005 general election, he made clear his intention to return to the Scottish Parliament at the 2007 Scottish parliamentary election in an attempt to win power for the first time. … Read More
Having won more seats than any other party in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, the SNP initially approached the Scottish Liberal Democrats to form a coalition, but they declined to take part in negotiations. … Read More
2009 54 Years Old Earlier, in December 2009, he campaigned for climate change legislation at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to promote Scotland's role in tackling and mitigating climate change. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Before the 2011 Scottish election, the SNP again pledged to hold an independence referendum if it won another term. … Read More
In September 2012 he stayed with his wife at a hotel in Chicago while attending a golf tournament; the £3,000 for four nights was paid for by the taxpayer and supported a VisitScotland delegation that spent £468,580 on the trip as part of preparations for hosting the same tournament two years later. … Read More
2014 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On 19 September 2014, following the results of the independence referendum which confirmed a majority of the Scottish people had voted against independence, Salmond announced that he would be resigning as First Minister in November 2014. … Read More


…  He is currently the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gordon and is the SNP International Affairs and Europe spokesperson in the House of Commons, following his election to the UK House of Commons in 2015. … Read More
2016 61 Years Old In January 2016, Salmond called Trump a "chicken" for refusing to appear on his talk show, saying that: "The Donald tries to give this impression that he's totally off the cuff, in fact his media operation controls him and protects him from tough interviews, and when he's had tough interviews he hasn't liked it, that's been pretty obvious." … Read More
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