Former SNP leader Alex Salmond launches new political party

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond launches new political party

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has announced the creation of a new pro-independence party which will contest the Scottish Parliament election.

The former first minister said he would be among the candidates who will stand for the Alba Party on regional lists.

Mr Salmond said the aim was to build “a supermajority for independence” at Holyrood after the election in May.

Other parties described Mr Salmond as “discredited” and questioned his suitability for public office.

The announcement came at the end of a dramatic week at Holyrood.

On Wednesday, Mr Salmond said he would take fresh legal action over the conduct of the Scottish government’s top civil servant.

A report by MSPs on Tuesday described the government’s handling of harassment complaints against Mr Salmond as “seriously flawed”.

The previous day, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was cleared of breaching the ministerial code over her involvement in the Alex Salmond saga.

Alex Salmond is no stranger to making a political comeback – he was twice elected leader of the SNP and served for two separate spells as an MSP.

On the day he stood down from Holyrood for the second time, he told me he would consider returning if Scotland became independent.

Five years later, he’s decided to attempt a comeback anyway – on the basis that the SNP and Greens need his help to make independence happen.

The SNP has questioned the appropriateness of his return to public life given the controversy over his personal conduct in recent years.

When I asked him today if he owed an apology to any or all of the women who have complained about his behaviour, Mr Salmond said he accepted the outcomes of the two court cases and three inquiries and wanted to move on.

Mr Salmond was acquitted of all charges in a criminal trial and successfully challenged the Scottish government’s process for handling harassment complaints against him in the civil court.

That his reputation has suffered damage along the way would come as no surprise. But it will now be for voters to decide whether or not they want one of the biggest figures in modern Scottish politics back in the frontline.

News Source: BBC News

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