43 Facts About Alex Salmond

1. Alex Salmond barely touched on what the Scottish electorate might want to say "No Thanks" to, if Scotland remains in the UK.

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2. At the end of the day, Alex Salmond made a strong case resting on Scottish people having control of their own destiny.

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3. Alex Salmond has said he will not resign as first minister should he lose, and the next elections for Holyrood are not scheduled until May 2016.

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4. Alex Salmond was there as an economist while McGlashan was a supervisor, she was his boss.

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5. Alex Salmond denied the accusations, but the furor surrounding them led him to resign his membership in the SNP and launch a crowdfunding campaign to finance his legal defense.

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6. Alex Salmond was elected to represent the constituency of Gordon in the House of Commons in 2015.

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7. In the run-up to the referendum, Alex Salmond rallied the pro-independence cause, steadily eroding the significant lead held by the opposition.

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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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10. Alex Salmond was expelled from the SNP in 1982 when the 79 Group was banned.

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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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12. Alex Salmond was criticised by Scottish politicians from the other parties for a perceived lack of judgement.

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13. In January 2016, Alex Salmond prompted by broadcasting colleague Iain Dale, called Trump a "chicken" for refusing to appear on his LBC talk show, which had then been recently launched.

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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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15. In the 2017 UK General Election, Alex Salmond suffered his first defeat as a candidate in any parliamentary election since entering Westminster in 1987, becoming the most high-profile SNP loss of the night.

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16. Alex Salmond has experience of troubled political buildings, having opposed the construction of the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh when cost estimates rose from £50m to £230m in 2000.

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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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21. In 2012, Alex Salmond indicated in a television interview that he had sought the advice of his law officers on whether an independent Scotland would be part of the European Union.

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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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24. At this election, Alex Salmond was reelected for Aberdeenshire East, essentially a reconfigured version of Gordon.

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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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28. Alex Salmond became the first nationalist politician to hold the office of First Minister.

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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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30. In that election, Alex Salmond stood as a candidate for the Gordon constituency, which had been represented since 1999 by the Liberal Democrat Nora Radcliffe.

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31. On 15 July 2004, Alex Salmond said that he would be a candidate in the forthcoming election for the leadership of the SNP.

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32. Alex Salmond has gone further than many anti-war politicians in claiming that Blair's statements on the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were consciously intended to deceive the public.

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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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35. Alex Salmond was one of the few politicians in the UK to oppose the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999.

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36. Alex Salmond went on to win the leadership election by 486 votes to Ewing's 146.

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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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38. Alex Salmond started his political life as a committed left-winger inside the SNP and was a leading member of the socialist republican organisation within it, the 79 Group.

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39. Alex Salmond became active in the SNP when he joined the Federation of Student Nationalists at the University of St Andrews in 1973.

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40. Alex Salmond attended the local Linlithgow Academy from 1966 to 1972.

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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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