Ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond announces he is to stand for UK Parliament

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    Former SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond has announced he is to stand for a seat at Westminster at next May’s General Election.

    He unveiled his candidacy for his party’s nomination in the Gordon constituency at a meeting in Ellon.

    The seat is currently held by retiring Lib Dem MP Sir Malcolm Bruce.

    Mr Salmond said the north east of Scotland had been his “political home” since he entered representative politics.

    He stood down as SNP leader and Scotland’s first minister after the “Yes” campaign was defeated in September’s independence referendum.

    He currently represents the constituency of Aberdeenshire East in the Scottish Parliament.

    However, he confirmed his decision to seek election to Westminster when he addressed a meeting in the Gordon constituency.

    He said three things had become “self-evident”.

    Mr Salmond said the Smith Commission had “not measured up to what was promised”.

    He added that Gordon Brown, “the man who said he would stand guarantor of the vow”, had retired from politics.

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