Alex Salmond
British politician
Alex Salmond
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.
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Donald Trump letters to Alex Salmond published - BBC News
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BBC News Donald Trump letters to Alex Salmond published BBC News A series of colourfully-written letters sent by Donald Trump to then-Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has been published in full for the first time. The letters formed part of an intense lobbying campaign against plans for an offshore wind project ... 'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first ministerThe Guardian Trump branded Alex Salmond 'mad' for backing wind farms near his golf courseDaily Mail Donald Trump's letters to Alex Salmond revealed via FOIScotsman The Hill -Huffington Post UK all 7 news articles »
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Salmond says Yes will win next referendum if Westminster rejects Scottish Brexit deal - Herald Scotland
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The Independent Salmond says Yes will win next referendum if Westminster rejects Scottish Brexit deal Herald Scotland NICOLA Sturgeon will win a second independence referendum within two years if the UK government fails to meet her demand for a soft Brexit for Scotland, her predecessor has said. Alex Salmond said the First Minister would have no compunction in going ... Nicola Sturgeon Brexit power grab 'a risk to free trade with England'Telegraph.co.uk Salmond confident on post-Brexit indyref2BBC News Sturgeon seeks more powers for Scotland as part of Brexit planThe Guardian Bloomberg -Financial Times -Daily Mail -Scottish Daily Record all 66 news articles »
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Move to hold Tony Blair to account over Iraq defeated by 369 votes - The Guardian
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The Guardian Move to hold Tony Blair to account over Iraq defeated by 369 votes The Guardian Tony Blair should be held to account for what was 'very much a personal campaign', Alex Salmond said. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA. Jessica Elgot Political reporter. Wednesday 30 November 2016 13.01 EST First published on Wednesday 30 ... MPs reject Tony Blair Iraq investigationBBC News MPs block SNP plan for yet ANOTHER inquiry into the Iraq warDaily Mail Tony Blair backed by huge Commons majority as MPs defeat latest bid to censure him over Iraq WarMirror.co.uk Belfast Telegraph -New Statesman -International Business Times UK -Telegraph.co.uk all 61 news articles »
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This is how much the Queen spent on food and drink last year - Mirror.co.uk
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Mirror.co.uk This is how much the Queen spent on food and drink last year Mirror.co.uk The Buckingham Palace refurbishment, which will cost British taxpayers £369 million, sparked quite the debate when it was announced last Friday. The refit will be funded out of the Sovereign Grant, an allowance provided to the Queen by the government ... Buckingham Palace refurb: forget plumbing, it needs injection of tasteThe Australian Alex Salmond fears for monarchy's reputation in Buckingham Palace repair bill rowGlasgow Evening Times Column: Royals should pay their own repair billThe Star Full Fact -Norfolk Eastern Daily Press -Spectator.co.uk (blog) -Daily Beast all 32 news articles »
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Alex Salmond warns a 'full English Brexit' would harm Scotland's economy - Glasgow Evening Times
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Glasgow Evening Times Alex Salmond warns a 'full English Brexit' would harm Scotland's economy Glasgow Evening Times Former first minister Alex Salmond has warned that a "full English Brexit" would harm Scotland's economy and cultural health. The SNP foreign affairs spokesman also accused Prime Minister Theresa May of using the position of EU citizens as a "human ... Without oil money, the nationalist dream will have to run on emotionThe Guardian First Minister sets out three questions ahead of Brexit talksBT.com Alex Salmond says 'full English Brexit' will harm economySTV News Telegraph.co.uk -Press and Journal -Herald Scotland -Irish Times all 102 news articles »
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Trump blasts former Scottish leader as war of words grows
Yahoo News - about 1 year
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hit out at former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Thursday, calling him "an embarrassment" as he defended his ownership of a prestigious Scottish golf course. The attack is the latest in a feud between the pair, stemming from Trump's objection in 2013 to a Scottish government-approved offshore wind farm project near one of his golf courses. Trump has found himself under scrutiny from British politicians more generally after they voted last week to debate a call to ban him from the UK due to public outcry over his proposal to stop Muslims entering the United States.
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Salmond's new radio show set to confirm him as Scotland's highest-paid politician - Herald Scotland
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Herald Scotland Salmond's new radio show set to confirm him as Scotland's highest-paid politician Herald Scotland ALEX Salmond has defended his status as Scotland's highest-paid politician after taking up a high profile post as host of a London radio station phone-in show. No other politician gave as much to charities and good causes, he said. With his £74,000 a ... Alex Salmond will 'shoot from hip' on weekly LBC radio showScotsman Video: Alex Salmond reads out mean tweets ahead of LBC radio phone-inTelegraph.co.uk Alex Salmond to host weekly phone-in on LBCThe Guardian BBC News -Scotland Now -News On News all 30 news articles »
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Trump is 'three times a loser' says ex Scottish leader Salmond
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Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond called Donald Trump "three times a loser" on Wednesday after Britain's Supreme Court threw out the billionaire's bid to stop an offshore wind farm being built near his Scottish golf resort. Salmond made his comment on Twitter and added in a statement: "These proceedings have been dragged out for years through three successive court judgments by Donald Trump as he tried to stop an offshore Aberdeen wind turbine ..." "In doing so he has at best postponed, and at worst jeopardized, a vital 200 million pound ($300 million) boost for the economy of the North East of Scotland." Salmond, who as former First Minister was cited in Trump's legal actions, also referred to the U.S. Republican presidential front runner's comments on Mexican immigrants and Muslims, which have drawn widespread condemnation.
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Trump's Scottish love affair sours as court to rule on wind farm
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By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top court will decide on Wednesday whether to back U.S. Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump's bid to stop wind farms being built near his luxury Scottish golf resort amid a growing spat with politicians in his mother's homeland. The decision comes after a week in which his call to deny Muslims entry to the United States has resulted in his being stripped of two Scottish honorary positions, prompted a record petition calling for him to be banned from Britain, and drawn a rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron and others. Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond even described the property tycoon, who is leading the polls to be the Republican candidate in 2016, as "crazy".
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Blair and Straw face questions over complicity in Shaker Aamer's treatment
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Alex Salmond says Guantánamo detainee’s claim that former PM and minister must have known of his torture is reasonable Tony Blair and Jack Straw must reveal what they knew about the alleged torture of the former Guantánamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer, Alex Salmond has said. In his first interview since returning home to London in October after being detained without charge for 14 years in the US military facility in Cuba, British resident Shaker Aamer suggested the former prime minister and the former home and foreign secretary were aware that he was being tortured. Continue reading...
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Chilcot report unlikely to be delayed by Colin Powell memo - The Guardian
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The Guardian Chilcot report unlikely to be delayed by Colin Powell memo The Guardian George W Bush hosted Tony Blair at Camp David for talks between the pair about Iraq. Photograph: Luke Frazza/EPA. Ewen MacAskill Defence and intelligence correspondent. Sunday 18 October 2015 11.21 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ... 'The net is closing around Blair': Critics of ex-PM seize on smoking gun U.S ...Daily Mail Alex Salmond: 'Net is closing' on Tony Blair following leaked White House memo ...Scottish Daily Record Tony Blair should be probed on leaked Iraq memo, urges Alex SalmondMirror.co.uk Yahoo News UK -Daily Squib (satire) -American Thinker (blog) all 75 news articles »
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We’ve new friends in Westminster insists Bell
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
The result of the UK general election has given the island more friends in Westminster - and averted a potential constitutional crisis. Chief Minister Allan Bell said he stayed up until 3.30am watching the results come in on Friday morning. An SNP landslide victory in Scotland had been predicted although its scale - 56 out of 59 seats - was not. The Tories defied the pollsters by securing a majority 331 seats. Mr Bell said the Manx government has developed strong connections with the Scot Nats while the party was under the leadership of Alex Salmond and this ‘at least gives us the potential to have more friends in Westminster’. In contrast, Labour’s rout - which included the loss of key figures such as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and which led to the resignation of Ed Miliband as party leader - had averted a potential threat, said Mr Bell. Miliband had threatened to force the Crown Dependencies to introduce a public register of companies’ beneficial ownership. The Chief Minister h ...
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SNP turns Scotland yellow as Alex Salmond warns David Cameron
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Scotland has become a virtual one-party state following an astonishing performance from the SNP that could see the party win as many as 56 of the 59 seats available in the country.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alex Salmond
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 61
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Salmond is renowned for his interest in horseracing. He was made a patron of Aberdeen University Shinty Club in 2011 after attending their 150th anniversary celebrations at the Sutherland Cup final. This was Salmond's first ever shinty game.
  • 2015
    Age 60
    Alex Salmond has had a fractious relationship with US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. In 2015, the UK Supreme Court rejected Trump's bid to stop an offshore wind farm being built close to one of his two golf resorts in Scotland.
    More Details Hide Details Trump has twice lost bids in the Scottish courts to halt the development, leading Salmond to describe the Republican front-runner as a "three times loser", to which Trump called Salmond a "totally irrelevant has-been" and "an embarrassment" to Scotland. Salmond has also said that Trump's impact in Scotland – in particular Turnberry, the Ayrshire golf resort he bought in 2014 – has had a "damaging impact" on the Scottish economy. These comments came days after the chief executive of the Professional Golfer's Association said Trump's comments on the presidential campaign trail were "not a positive thing for golf".
    On 13 May 2015, Salmond was appointed as the SNP's foreign affairs spokesman in the House of Commons.
    More Details Hide Details He tweeted the party would advocate a 'pro Europe', 'pro developing world' and 'against military adventurism' stance.
    Nicola Sturgeon, his successor as SNP leader and First Minister, repeatedly reminded voters at the March 2015 SNP conference that she, not he, was party leader after he gave interviews about his possible role in a hung parliament.
    More Details Hide Details After he declared his candidacy, he was described as a "bogeyman" (both by others and by himself), and was reportedly "demonized" by "Conservative propaganda" portraying Labour Party leader Ed Miliband "compliantly dancing to Salmond the piper’s tune" after the election. Salmond won the seat of Gordon with 48% of the vote.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details From 1987 to 2010, Salmond previously served as MP for Banff and Buchan. Following the establishment of the devolved Scottish Parliament in 1999, Salmond also served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Banff and Buchan from 1999 to 2001, while continuing to serve as that constituency's MP. Salmond served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Gordon from 2007 to 2011, and for Aberdeenshire East from 2011 to 2016.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 59
    On 7 December 2014, Salmond announced that he would stand as the SNP candidate for the Westminster constituency of Gordon in the 2015 May election.
    More Details Hide Details He has indicated that he does not intend to replace Angus Robertson, MP for Moray, as the SNP leader in the House of Commons.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 15 October, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was the only candidate to stand for the leadership, and formally succeeded Salmond as SNP leader following the party's national conference in Perth on 14 November. Salmond submitted his resignation as First Minister to the Scottish Parliament and to the Queen on 18 November, and the formal selection of Sturgeon as his successor by the Scottish Parliament took place the following day.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    In 2012, Salmond indicated in a television interview that he had sought the advice of his law officers on whether an independent Scotland would be part of the European Union.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, it was revealed that the Scottish Government had spent almost £20,000 to prevent the disclosure of the content of the alleged legal advice, even though no such advice existed. Salmond has faced scrutiny for his closeness to Rupert Murdoch.
    On 7 November 2012, Salmond became the longest-serving First Minister of Scotland, when he surpassed the 2001-day term of his predecessor, Jack McConnell.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Salmond responded to a freedom of information request for information on his spending six months after receiving it, and referred to it as "ridiculous frippery".
  • 2011
    Age 56
    In December 2011, Salmond spent £260 on a pair of trews that he wore to a ball in China.
    More Details Hide Details He refunded the taxpayer more than a year later, after a newspaper had submitted a freedom of information request. The sequence in which these events occurred was acknowledged by the Scottish Government after 7 months, during which they initially maintained that they had no record of when Salmond had repaid the money.
    Before the 2011 Scottish election, the SNP again pledged to hold an independence referendum if it won another term.
    More Details Hide Details The Westminster Labour government had initially designed the additional member system to make it impossible for one party to win an outright majority, but the SNP won enough seats from the other parties to take 69 seats, a majority of four. With an overall majority, Salmond now had the ability to call a referendum on Scottish independence. On 10 January 2012, the Scottish Government announced that they intended to hold the referendum in late 2014. An agreement was signed on 15 October 2012 by David Cameron and Salmond which provided a legal framework for the referendum to be held, and on 21 March 2013 the SNP government announced that the referendum would be held on 18 September 2014. Scotland's Future, a white paper setting out the Scottish Government's vision for an independent Scotland, was published on 26 November 2013.
  • 2009
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This included signing a Partnership Agreement with the Maldives, one of the most exposed countries to the consequences of rising sea levels. Although energy is mostly a matter reserved to Westminster, administrative devolution of Sections 36 & 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 coupled with fully devolved planning powers enabled the Scottish Government to establish Scotland as a leader in renewable energy developments.
  • 2007
    Age 52
    In the same year, he stated that he would repay more than £700 that he had received in moving expenses when he left a London flat in 2007, but the Commons auditor stated the following year that there were "no issues" for Salmond to address regarding the expenses claim.
    More Details Hide Details A white paper for an independence referendum, setting out four possible options ranging from no change to full independence, was published by the Scottish Government on 30 November 2009. A draft bill for public consultation was published on 25 February 2010, setting out a two-question yes/no referendum, proposing further devolution or full independence. The SNP failed to obtain support from other parties and withdrew the draft bill. Salmond said it would be "unacceptable" for the SNP to be excluded from the 2010 UK election televised debate and sought "guarantees of inclusion from the broadcasters, given their inescapable duty to ensure fairness and impartiality in election-related coverage in Scotland" in the buildup to the 2010 UK general election. The party used the Freedom of Information Act to see whether the BBC could have broken its own rules. Salmond said it was unacceptable to Scotland as well as to the SNP for the broadcasters to exclude the party that formed the Scottish Government and was leading in Westminster election polls. He emphasised, however, that he was not trying to stop any debates from being broadcast. After having failed to change the BBC's decision to not include the SNP in the final British debate, in line with the decision by ITV and Sky News, the SNP mounted a legal challenge to the BBC at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Despite earlier reassurances by the SNP that it was not trying to stop the broadcast, it sought an 'interim interdict' to prevent the debate being broadcast without the participation of the SNP.
    In November 2007, Salmond received the The Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year award for his "brilliant campaign" and "extraordinary victory" in the Scottish Parliament elections, thereby ending eight years of Labour rule.
    More Details Hide Details A newspaper investigation in 2009 revealed that Salmond had claimed as expenses from the UK parliament "up to £400 per month in food without producing receipts, even after becoming First Minister and spending little time at Westminster".
    Salmond was elected by the Scottish Parliament as First Minister on 16 May 2007, and was sworn in on 17 May after receiving the Royal Warrant from the Queen and taking the official oath of allegiance before judges at the Court of Session.
    More Details Hide Details Salmond became the first nationalist politician to hold the office of First Minister. Under section 45(7) of the Scotland Act 1998 he became Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland at the same time. He was appointed to the British Privy Council four weeks later. Salmond reduced the size of the Cabinet from nine members to six, and said he would seek to govern on a "policy by policy" basis. In order to concentrate on his new role as First Minister, Salmond stood down as the SNP group leader at Westminster and was replaced by Angus Robertson. The Guardian reported in November 2007 that Salmond believed Scotland would be independent within "the next decade".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This left the SNP without any possibility to form a coalition with an overall majority. The Scottish Green Party agreed to support an SNP minority administration on a confidence and supply basis.
  • 2005
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In that election, Salmond stood as a candidate for the Gordon constituency, which had been represented since 1999 by the Liberal Democrat Nora Radcliffe. Salmond won the seat with 41% of the vote, and a majority of 2,062, returning to the Scottish Parliament after six years' absence. In the election the SNP emerged as the largest party, winning 47 seats to Labour's 46.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    On 15 July 2004, Salmond said that he would be a candidate in the forthcoming election for the leadership of the SNP.
    More Details Hide Details This came as a surprise because he had previously declared that he would definitely not be a leadership candidate. In the postal ballot of all members he went on to receive over 75% of the votes cast, placing him well ahead of his nearest rival Roseanna Cunningham.
    Swinney announced his resignation on 22 June 2004 to become Convener of the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee.
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    After the June 2004 European Parliament elections, which were perceived as a "disaster" for the SNP, pressure mounted on Swinney to resign as leader.
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    Salmond was once again elected SNP leader in 2004 and the following year held his Banff and Buchan seat in the 2005 general election.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006 he announced his intention to contest Gordon in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, an election in which Salmond defeated the incumbent MSP and in which nationally, the SNP emerged as the largest single party. After the SNP secured confidence and supply support from the Scottish Green Party, Salmond was voted First Minister by the Scottish Parliament on 16 May 2007. During his first term, he headed a minority Scottish Government. At the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the SNP won with an overall majority, a feat initially thought almost impossible under the additional member system used in elections for the Scottish Parliament. Politically, Salmond is one of the foremost proponents of Scottish independence, repeatedly calling for a referendum on the issue. Salmond has campaigned on global warming and in government has committed Scotland to legislation on emission reduction and the generation of renewable energy. The day after the 2014 independence referendum, at which a majority of Scottish voters chose to remain part of the United Kingdom, Salmond announced his intention not to stand for re-election as leader of the SNP at the SNP National Conference in November, and to resign as First Minister thereafter. He was succeeded as SNP leader by his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, as she was the only candidate to stand for the leadership election. He submitted his resignation as First Minister on 18 November, and was succeeded by Sturgeon the following day.
  • 2003
    Age 48
    During the prolonged parliamentary debates in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq he voiced strong opposition to the UK's participation.
    More Details Hide Details In the aftermath of the war, he lent support to the attempt of Adam Price, a Plaid Cymru MP, to impeach Tony Blair over the Iraq issue. Salmond has gone further than many anti-war politicians in claiming that Blair's statements on the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were consciously intended to deceive the public. He has also claimed that Blair had made a pact with George W. Bush "to go to war come what may".
  • 2001
    Age 46
    He left the Scottish Parliament in 2001 to lead the SNP group in the House of Commons.
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  • 2000
    Age 45
    He stood down as SNP leader in 2000, facing internal criticism after a series of high-profile fall-outs with party members, and was replaced by his preferred successor John Swinney, who defeated Alex Neil for the post.
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    Salmond resigned as SNP leader in 2000 and did not seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament.
    More Details Hide Details He did however retain his Westminster seat in the 2001 general election.
  • 1999
    Age 44
    Salmond was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was one of its highest-profile members.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 37
    His first test as leader was the general election in 1992, with the SNP having high hopes of making an electoral breakthrough.
    More Details Hide Details Whilst considerably increasing its share of the vote, it failed to win a large number of seats. Sillars lost his, causing him to describe the Scottish people as '90-minute patriots'. This comment ended the political friendship between Salmond and Sillars, and Sillars would soon become a vocal critic of Salmond's style of leadership. The SNP increased its number of MPs from four to six in the 1997 general election, which saw a landslide victory for the Labour Party. After election, Labour legislated for a devolved Scottish parliament in Edinburgh. Although still committed to a fully independent Scotland, Salmond signed the SNP up to supporting the campaign for devolution, and, along with Scottish Labour leader Donald Dewar and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Jim Wallace, played an active part in securing the victory for devolution in the Scotland referendum of 1997. However, many hardline fundamentalists in the SNP objected to committing the party to devolution, as it was short of full political Scottish independence.
  • 1988
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Salmond served as a member of the House of Commons Energy Select Committee from 1987 to 1992. When Gordon Wilson stood down as SNP leader in 1990, Salmond decided to contest the leadership. His only opponent was Margaret Ewing, whom Sillars decided to support. This caused considerable consternation amongst the SNP left as the two main left leaders were opposing each other in the contest. Salmond went on to win the leadership election by 486 votes to Ewing's 146.
  • 1987
    Age 32
    In 1987 he stood for Parliament in Banff and Buchan and defeated the incumbent Conservative MP, Albert McQuarrie.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year Salmond became Senior Vice Convener (Depute Leader) of the SNP.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 26
    In 1981, he married Moira French McGlashan, then a senior civil servant with the Scottish Office.
    More Details Hide Details Following the SNP's National Council narrowly voting to uphold the expulsion, Salmond and the others were allowed back into the party a month later, and in 1985 he was elected as the SNP's Vice Convener for Publicity.
    Salmond married Moira McGlashan in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Moira was a senior civil servant 17 years his senior, and became his boss when he joined the Scottish Office in the 1970s. They have no children. They closely protect their private lives and live in a converted mill in Strichen, Aberdeenshire. Salmond's main interests outside of work and politics are golf, horse racing, football, and reading. He supports the Scotland national football team and Heart of Midlothian FC, and sometimes attends matches. He takes an interest in Scottish cultural life, as well as watching Star Trek and listening to country and western music. In 2000, Salmond had a small role in a Pakistani soap opera, The Castle, as a ghostly spirit. He reportedly sought acting advice on the role from Sean Connery, a friend and SNP supporter. For Children in Need in 2008, Salmond performed an impersonation of the Rikki Fulton character, the Reverend I M Jolly.
  • 1978
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later he joined the staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked for seven years, initially as an assistant economist. In 1982 he was appointed Oil Economist, and from 1984 he worked as a bank economist as well as continuing to hold the position of Oil Economist. While with the Royal Bank, he wrote and broadcast extensively for both domestic and international outlets. He also contributed regularly to oil and energy conferences. In 1983 Salmond created a "Royal Bank/BBC oil index" that is still used.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Salmond graduated with a 2:2 Joint Honours MA in Economics and Medieval History in May 1978.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Salmond was born in his parents' home at 101 Preston Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, on 31 December 1954.
    More Details Hide Details He is the second of four children born to Robert Fyfe Findlay Salmond, born 1921, and Mary Stewart Salmond (née Milne; 1922–2003), both of whom were civil servants. Robert Salmond, who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, had originally worked as an electrician, and his family had been resident in Linlithgow since the mid–18th century. Alex Salmond's middle names come from his family's tradition of naming their children after the local Church of Scotland minister, in this case the Reverend Gilbert Elliot Anderson of St Ninian's Craigmailen Parish Church in Linlinthgow. Salmond attended the local Linlithgow Academy from 1966 to 1972. He studied at Edinburgh College of Commerce from 1972 to 1973, gaining an HNC in Business Studies, and was then accepted by the University of St Andrews, where he studied Economics and Medieval History. During his time at St Andrews, Salmond lived in Andrew Melville Hall.
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