Top dog bows out of top job after No vote

First Minister Alex Salmond addresses, Yes supporters at The Cross. Scottish Referendum.
First Minister Alex Salmond addresses, Yes supporters at The Cross. Scottish Referendum.

A true Black Bitch, Leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister – Alex Salmond will retain at least one of these titles when he stands down later this year.

On September 19, he dramatically announced his resignation as First Minister – just hours after the country rejected independence.

The SNP leader said he was “immensely proud” of the Yes campaign he led but revealed he would not accept his party’s nomination as leader in November.

His decision came after the Yes campaign won 45 per cent of the vote on whether Scotland should break away from the Union after 307 years.

“It has been the privilege of my life to serve Scotland as First Minister,” Mr Salmond said. “But as I said often during the referendum campaign this is not about me or the SNP.

“It is much more important than that.

“The position is this. We lost the referendum vote but can still carry the political initiative. More importantly Scotland can still emerge as the real winner.

“For me right now, therefore, there is a decision as to who is best placed to lead this process forward politically.”

Mr Salmond, who led the SNP for 20 years, continued: “I am immensely proud of the campaign which Yes Scotland fought and of the 1.6 million voters who rallied to that cause by backing an independent Scotland.”

Alex was born in Linlithgow in 1954 in his parents’ home at 101 Preston Road – making him a true Black Bitch, a title of which he is rightly proud.

He attended Linlithgow Academy before studying at St Andrew’s University, where he graduated with a joint honours MA in Economics and History.

Starting his career in 1978, he progressed from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland as an economist, to The Royal Bank of Scotland.

He then made political history after becoming the first nationalist to be elected First Minister of Scotland on May 16, 2007.