BREAKING: Former SNP leader Alex Salmond loses his seat to the Conservatives

9 Jun

He stood down as SNP leader in 2000 and left the Scottish Parliament the following year, and despite refuting speculation he would return to the top job, saying – “If nominated, I’ll decline; if drafted, I’ll defer; and if elected, I’ll resign” – he stood on a joint ticket with Nicola Sturgeon marking the start of a decade-long partnership.

In 2007, he returned to Holyrood as MSP for Gordon and the new first minister, a position he held for seven years making him the longest serving.

Four year later, his party won an unprecedented overall majority at Holyrood and secured a referendum on the long-held SNP dream of Scottish independence.

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