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Alex Salmond: 'No ambition to lead SNP Westminster group'

Alex Salmond no planning to lead SNP at Westminster Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alex Salmond says he has no ambition to lead the SNP Group at Westminster after declaring he is standing to become an MP.

The former First Minister is hoping to represent the Gordon seat in Aberdeenshire, which includes part of his current Holyrood constituency.

Mr Salmond stepped down as First Minister and the leader of the SNP party last month, after the Scottish people voted "no" in the independence referendum.


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Rapturous applause as Salmond announces candidacy

Former Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond was met with rapturous applause as he formally launched his bid for a seat in Westminster at next year's General Election.

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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 for Westminster seat

Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has announced his candidacy to run for Westminster in the Gordon seat.

Speaking in Ellon to a meeting of his local party he said:

"Almost twelve weeks ago I stepped down as First Minister. I said that I believed that Scotland could still emerge as a winner from the referendum process.

“It is now clear what we have to do as a country in order to secure that progress; the progress which we were promised.

"It is incumbent on all of us to step up to the plate – to match the spirit being shown by the people. Therefore I can tell the constituency today that I am a candidate for the SNP nomination for Gordon.”

– Alex Salmond MSP, Former First Minister

Alex Salmond to announce bid for Westminster seat

Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond is to launch a bid to win a seat at Westminster in next year's general election.

Mr Salmond stepped down as SNP leader and First Minister last month.

It is understood he will stand in the Gordon constituency, a seat that shares some areas with his Aberdeenshire East Holyrood constituency.

Mr Salmond will set out his plans in a speech in Ellon in Aberdeenshire later this morning.


Salmond visits local veterans and children in Peebles

First Minister Alex Salmond is visiting Peebles later today where he's expected to announce further funding for war memorials across Scotland.

Hundreds of memorials have already been restored to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Mr Salmond will meet with local veterans and primary school children during his visit.

First Minister Alex Salmond Credit: PA

No more 'Poll Tax' collections from Scottish Councils

Alex Salmond says councils will be prevented from recovering the old debts Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scottish Councils will be prevented from recovering so-called Poll Tax debts, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

Concerns had been raised that council chiefs in Scotland were using information provided by tens of thousands of people who registered to vote in the independence referendum to collect "ancient" debts.

The tax, officially called the Community Charge, was introduced by Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister.

It proved hugely unpopular, resulting in protests and a widespread non-payment campaign.

But today, Alex Salmond announced new legislation will stop councils from taking further action to recover Poll Tax debts.

"It is, of course, within the law for councils to use current legislation to assess current council tax liability, and given the current council tax reduction scheme protects 500,000 of our poorest citizens, the tax is being applied in a proper and fair way.

"However, the relevance of information from the current electoral register to the position of debts from 25 years ago is difficult to fathom, except through some misguided political intention."

– Alex Salmond, First Minister

Salmond: Scotland is a 'better nation' after referendum

Alex Salmond says Scotland is a "better nation" as a result of the independence referendum. The First Minister returned to Holyrood today for the first time since Scots voted to stay in the UK last week.

Party leaders all praised the way the debate was carried out across the country. But fighting continues over what new powers will go to the Scottish Parliament. This from our political reporter, Kathryn Samson.

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Alex Salmond returns to Holyrood

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Alex Salmond will return to Holyrood today for the first time since his bid for Scottish independence failed.

Mr Salmond, who has announced his intention to step down as First Minister, is expected to reflect on the independence referendum and put pressure on the victorious unionist parties to deliver on their devolution pledges in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick will open today's proceedings with "time for reflection", a Holyrood slot normally reserved for spiritual or philosophical contributions from religious or secular figureheads.

Mr Salmond's statement will be followed by two days of debate on the future of Scotland, with Labour leader Johann Lamont, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie expected to open with responses from the Scottish opposition parties.

Scotland voted against independence by a majority of 55% in the referendum on Thursday.

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