Knowledge Identifier: +Alex_Salmond
Born in 1954.
Countries: United Kingdom (55%), Scotland (30%), UK (5%)
Linked to: Scottish National Party, Scottish Government, Heart of Midlothian F.C., Scottish Parliament
In 1978 he entered the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, part of the now defunct Scottish Office
Scottish independence referendum, 2014 - The "democratic deficit" label has sometimes been used to refer to the period between the 1979 and 1997 UK general elections, during which the Labour Party held a majority of Scottish seats but the Conservative Party governed the whole of the UK. Alex Salmond said in September 2013 that instances such as this amount to a lack of democracy, and that "the people who live and work in Scotland are the people most likely to make the right choices for Scotland"
Albert McQuarrie - He was MP for Banff and Buchan from 1983 to 1987, when he lost his seat to future SNP leader Alex Salmond
Although still committed to a fully independent Scotland, Salmond signed the SNP up to supporting the campaign for devolution, and, along with Scottish Labour leader Donald Dewar and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Jim Wallace, played an active part in securing the victory for devolution in the Scotland referendum of 1997
Although he was re-elected in the 2005 general election, he made clear his intention to return to the Scottish Parliament at the 2007 Scottish parliamentary election in an attempt to win power for the first time
In 2006 he announced his intention to contest the Gordon constituency in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, an election in which Salmond defeated the incumbent MSP and in which nationally, the SNP emerged as the largest single party
Anne Moffat - On 23 May 2007, she compared the newly elected Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond to Adolf Hitler, saying "proportional representation gave Germany Adolf Hitler and in Scotland to a lesser degree we've had the member for Banff and Buchan" during a debate in the House of Commons on the 2007 Scottish Elections
A white paper for the bill, setting out four possible options ranging from no change to full independence, was published by the Scottish Government on 30 November 2009
Alex Salmond in his 2010 New Year message highlighted the importance of sustainable development and renewable energy in Scotland and the required increase in powers of the Scottish Parliament needed to help harness Scotland's green energy potential and therefore take full advantage of the "renewable revolution"
Donald Trump - In 2011 he wrote to Alex Salmond expressing his view that the planned structures were ugly
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - On 30 August 2011, the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said, "The latest pictures broadcast of Mr al-Megrahi clearly demonstrate that he is an extremely sick man, dying of terminal prostate cancer
On 10 January 2012, the Scottish Government announced that they intend to hold the referendum in the autumn of 2014
The day after the 2014 independence referendum, at which a majority of the Scottish people voted to remain as part of the United Kingdom, Salmond announced his intention not to stand for re-election as leader of the SNP at the SNP National Conference in November, and to resign as First Minister thereafter
Scottish independence referendum, 2014 - Dr Angus Armstrong of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research wrote that the implicit constraints on its economic policy would be more restrictive than the explicit ones it faces as a full part of the UK. Alex Salmond said in February 2014 that an independent Scotland in a currency union would retain tax and spending powers
Nick Robinson - On 11 September 2014, as part of the coverage of the Scottish independence referendum, Nick Robinson had a dispute with Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP. On 10 September, Nick Robinson had disclosed on the BBC News at Ten that Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland would be moving their registered offices from Scotland to London in the event of a yes vote
In January 2016, Salmond called Trump a "chicken" for refusing to appear on his talk show, saying that: "The Donald tries to give this impression that he's totally off the cuff, in fact his media operation controls him and protects him from tough interviews, and when he's had tough interviews he hasn't liked it, that's been pretty obvious