Alex Salmond announces he will stand for UK Parliament

Former First Minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond has announced he will stand for a seat in the UK Parliament at the General Election next May. Alex Salmond stood down as SNP leader having guided the party to an absolute majority in the Scottish Parliament. The new leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland is Nicola Sturgeon.

Alex Salmond's announced this morning that he is standing as the SNP candidate for the Scottish constituency of Gordon in Aberdeenshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain). This comes at a time when the Scottish National Party is riding high in the opinion polls and has seen a surge in membership since the Scottish referendum in September. No doubt the London based media, including the BBC, will be doing their utmost to desperately undermine his campaign.

As the Scottish electorate turn their back on the Labour Party in Scotland, the main benefactors have been the SNP. It is predicted that many previous Labour seats will tumble to the SNP. Many predict that next years elections will result in a hung (no overall majority) UK Parliament. A large number of Scottish National Party MP's could see them act as power brokers. Thus being a powerful force acting in the best interests of Scotland. Something that the Labour Party in Scotland has always failed to do. The elections for the Scottish Parliament (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba) do not take place until the 5 May 2016 (a year after the UK election) and the SNP remain the strongest party and form the government in Scotland.

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