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Alex Salmond to speak at University of Buckingham

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The UN Studies Center invited Alba’s leader to speak at Vinson Centre on September 5, 6pm, hosted by the university.

Mr. Salmond said: ‘Our core belief is independence for our country. This should be pursued not merely as a future aspiration, but as something requiring urgent delivery.

The vision for an Independent Scotland that we seek is one that works cooperatively with the international community.

One that prioritizes peace and humanitarian work, not foreign conquest and invasion.

Scotland’s poverty levels demand bold parliamentary action against inequality, deeming it unacceptable in our nation, states Alba’s leader.

A graduate of the University of St Andrews, he worked as an economist in the Scottish Office, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

He won a seat in the House of Commons in 1987 and served as MP for Banff and Buchan from 1987 to 2010.

In 1990, he led SNP, guiding it to second-largest party in the inaugural 1999 Scottish Parliament election, becoming Opposition Leader.

He won the election and became the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Banff and Buchan in that year.

He stepped down as leader in 2000, resigned as an MSP in the next year, and became leader of SNP’s Westminster faction.

Salmond was re-elected as leader of the SNP in the 2004 leadership contest, after running on a joint ticket with Nicola Sturgeon.

She headed SNP at Holyrood until Salmond’s 2007 election to Scottish Parliament for Gordon (later Aberdeenshire East).

In the 2007 election The SNP finished ahead of the governing Labour Mr. Salmond became First Minister, serving from 2007 to 2014.

Salmond’s mandate led to the Edinburgh Agreement and the 2014 referendum through which a vote on independence was held.

The Yes Scotland campaign, which his deputy Nicola Sturgeon led, was defeated in the referendum.

As a result, Salmond resigned and was succeeded by Ms. Sturgeon, whose time in office he now describes as leaving a difficult legacy of “pretty absurd and silly policies like self-identification, closing fishing areas, bottle schemes, [and] abolishing some trials by jury”.

Source : BucksHerald

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