Alex Salmond has confirmed his candidacy for a seat in Westminster at next year's General Election.
The former Scotland First Minister formally announced his hopes to become the SNP's candidate for the Gordon constituency at an event in Aberdeenshire.
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.
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Sussex Police said the figure of Mr Salmond would be withdrawn from the Lewes display after social media complaints, yet images from the crowd appeared to show it being blown up.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.
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Sussex Police said the replica of the outgoing Scottish First Minister had been withdrawn following complaints on social media.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.
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Ed Miliband called Alex Salmond "a formidable frontline politician" after Scotland's First Minister announced he was stepping down.
"Whatever our disagreements, he has always spoke his mind and he has always stood up for what he believed in," the Labour leader said.
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.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said he believed his "party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership" as he announced his resignation.
"For me right now, therefore, there is a decision as to who is best placed to lead this process forward," Salmond said.
"I believe that in this new exciting situation, redolent with possibility, party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership."
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is the bookies' overwhelming favourite to replace Alex Salmond as the leader of the Scottish National Party.
- Nicola Sturgeon 1/4
- Humza Yousaf 8/1
- Alex Neil 10/1
- Derek Mackay 10/1
- Mike Russell 10/1
Odds from Ladbrokes.
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