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MP says constituents will be delighted to reject Salmond

Malcolm Bruce, the Lib Dem MP for Gordon, said he was sure his constituents would be "delighted" to have the chance to reject Alex Salmond at the next election.

Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon Malcolm Bruce, who is standing down at the General Election. Credit: IAN NICHOLSON/PA Archive/Press Association Images

''People in Gordon rejected the First Minister's independence plans overwhelmingly at the referendum," Bruce said.

''I am sure that they would be delighted to have the chance to reject him again in May. Bring it on.''

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Salmond confirms candidacy for a seat in Westminster

Alex Salmond has confirmed his candidacy for a seat in Westminster at next year's General Election.

Former Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond speaking in Aberdeenshire. Credit: Pool

The former Scotland First Minister formally announced his hopes to become the SNP's candidate for the Gordon constituency at an event in Aberdeenshire.

Alex Salmond to stand as MP at General Election

Alex Salmond Credit: PA Wire

Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond is to stand for a seat in Westminster at next year's General Election.

The ex-SNP leader is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the Gordon constituency on Sunday.

The seat is currently held by Lib Dem MP Sir Malcolm Bruce, who is retiring next May.

Salmond spokesman: Alex is now 'all over East Sussex'

Alex Salmond's spokesman has made light of pictures appearing to show an effigy of Scotland's outgoing First Minister being exploded at a bonfire parade.

Sussex Police said the figure of Mr Salmond would be withdrawn from the Lewes display after social media complaints, yet images from the crowd appeared to show it being blown up.

As well as the SNP being all over Scotland, Alex Salmond is now all over East Sussex.

– Spokesman for Alex Salmond

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Alex Salmond effigy 'blown up' despite police assurances

Pictures appear to show an effigy of Alex Salmond being blown up during bonfire celebrations despite police claims it would not be burned.

Sussex Police said the replica of the outgoing Scottish First Minister had been withdrawn following complaints on social media.

But photos taken last night appear to show the effigy being torched at Lewes bonfire parade, which has earned a national profile for burning controversial or unpopular public figures in recent years.

An effigy of what is understood to be Scotland's First Minister remained placed in front of the crowd in Lewes, Sussex, as the fireworks began. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
Sparks were seen firing close to the effigy. Mr Salmond had played down the furore surrounding his appearance. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
The aftermath of the display appears to show the effigy stand empty with eyewitnesses claiming the figure had been blown up. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire

PM: Salmond 'a politician of huge talent and passion'

Prime Minister David Cameron has called Alex Salmond "a politician of huge talent and passion" after the First Minister announced he was stepping down.

He has been an effective First Minister and always fights his corner.

While we disagree profoundly about his goal of a separated Scotland, and many other things, I respect and admire his huge contribution to politics and public life.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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