Salmond to stand in election

Alex Salmond at his campaign launch in Ellon with Mark McDonald MSP and Gillian Martin MSP
Alex Salmond at his campaign launch in Ellon with Mark McDonald MSP and Gillian Martin MSP

Former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has launched his campaign for re-election for the parliamentary constituency of Gordon.

Mr Salmond launched his campaign in Ellon on Sunday, May 7.

Speaking at a launch meeting in the New Inn, Alex Salmond said: “We are all well up for the battle ahead. I stand for re-election on my record, on the need to provide real opposition to the Tory Government and to protect our own Scottish Parliament as the place to decide Scotland’s future.

“Throughout this constituency there is visible proof of the real difference made by the SNP team in the North East of Scotland - the mighty AWPR taking shape before our eyes, the new Academy here in Ellon, Inveramsay Bridge, and the building work started on the new Inverurie Health centre.

“In this election, the SNP offers strong opposition to the Tory Government in Westminster.There are thousands of people across this constituency who want to see a stop to the Tory assault on the poor and the disabled.

“The SNP are the only party who are providing that real opposition to the heartless and divisive social policies of the Conservative Party.

“If the Prime Minister is allowed to pursue a hard Brexit it will cost this constituency and our people dear.

“Our key food and drink industries depend on full and free access to European markets and we just cannot afford the anti-European petulance of the Tory party.”