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43 Facts About Alex Salmond
6. Alex Salmond was elected to represent the constituency of Gordon in the House of Commons in 2015.
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8. In 2012 Alex Salmond signed an agreement with British Prime Minister David Cameron to hold the referendum in 2014.
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9. Alex Salmond was elected to the Scottish Parliament for Banff and Buchan in 1999 in the new body's first election and became leader of the opposition.
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11. Alex Salmond was born with the full name Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond on 31 December 1954.
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14. Alex Salmond has said that Trump's impact in Scotland—in particular Turnberry, the Ayrshire golf resort he bought in 2014—has had a "damaging impact" on the Scottish economy.
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17. In October 2016, Alex Salmond said Liverpool or Manchester would be an ideal site to rebuild the Houses of Parliament, to make the economy less dependent on London.
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18. On 13 May 2015, Alex Salmond was appointed as the SNP's foreign affairs spokesman in the House of Commons.
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19. On 7 December 2014, Alex Salmond announced that he would stand as the SNP candidate for the Westminster constituency of Gordon in the 2015 May election.
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20. Alex Salmond has faced scrutiny for his closeness to Rupert Murdoch.
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22. On 7 November 2012, Alex Salmond became the longest-serving First Minister of Scotland, when he surpassed the 2001-day term of his predecessor, Jack McConnell.
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23. In December 2011, Alex Salmond spent £260 on a pair of trews that he wore to a ball in China.
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25. Alex Salmond declined to attend those held on the BBC and ITV, and Angus Robertson agreed to take his place in the other debates.
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26. Alex Salmond said it would be "unacceptable" for the SNP to be excluded from the 2010 UK election televised debate and sought "guarantees of inclusion from the broadcasters, given their inescapable duty to ensure fairness and impartiality in election-related coverage in Scotland" in the buildup to the 2010 UK general election.
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27. In November 2007, Alex Salmond received The Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year award for his "brilliant campaign" and "extraordinary victory" in the Scottish Parliament elections, thereby ending eight years of Labour rule.
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29. With the support of the Greens, Alex Salmond was elected by the Scottish Parliament as First Minister on 16 May 2007, and was sworn in on 17 May after receiving the Royal Warrant from the Queen and taking the official oath of allegiance before judges at the Court of Session.
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33. Alex Salmond was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was one of its highest-profile members.
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34. Throughout his time in politics, Alex Salmond has maintained his interest in horse racing, writing a weekly column for The Scotsman and appearing a number of times on Channel 4's The Morning Line.
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37. Alex Salmond served as a member of the House of Commons Energy Select Committee from 1987 to 1992.
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41. Alex Salmond was born in his parents' home at 101 Preston Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, on 31 December 1954.
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42. Alex Salmond resigned as SNP leader in 2000 and did not seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament.
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43. Alex Salmond served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Gordon from 2007 to 2011, and for Aberdeenshire East from 2011 to 2016.
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