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Scottish Conservatives: 'I wish him well'

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, has tweeted that she wishes Alex Salmond well, after he announced he would be stepping down as First Minister in November.

She did, however, also use the opportunity to raise questions about the problems he voiced with the outlined plan for Scotland's future.

Lorraine predicts Sturgeon as Salmond's successor

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly has speculated that she thinks Nicola Sturgeon will be Salmond's successor to take on the First Minister job.


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Nicola Sturgeon favourite to replace Alex Salmond

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is the bookies' overwhelming favourite to replace Alex Salmond as the leader of the Scottish National Party.

Alex Salmond with Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
  • Nicola Sturgeon 1/4
  • Humza Yousaf 8/1
  • Alex Neil 10/1
  • Derek Mackay 10/1
  • Mike Russell 10/1

Odds from Ladbrokes.

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Salmond reveals timetable for his resignation

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced the following timetable for his resignation:

  • He will not accept nomination to be a candidate for leader at the SNP's Annual Conference in Perth on 13 to 15 November
  • After the membership ballot he will stand down as First Minister, allowing the new leader to be elected
  • He will continue to serve as Scotland's First Minister until that time
  • After that he will continue to "offer to serve" as an MSP for Aberdeenshire East
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Salmond not withdrawing entirely from political life

Alex Salmond said he will not be "withdrawing entirely from political life" and that he will be a local candidate in the next election.

He added that he "loves the fact that I've been the longest serving First Minister of Scotland" and that his proudest moment was the "restoration of free education."

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Salmond: Privilege of my life to serve as First Minister

"It has been the privilege of my life to serve as First Minister," Alex Salmond said as he announced he would be stepping down following the referendum defeat.

"But as I said often enough during this referendum campaign, this is a process which is not about me or the SNP or any political party, it's much, much more important than that," the First Minister added.


Salmond: 'Last seven years have been the privilege of my life'

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon has been tweeting live from the press conference in which Alex Salmond announced he would be stepping down from his position at Scottish First Minister.

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