Alex Salmond launches new pro-independence Alba Party

Holyrood interior 16 March 2021

Holyrood interior 16 March 2021

The governing Scottish National Party, which Salmond led for two decades until 2014, hopes to use the vote as a springboard to another referendum on Scottish independence.

Responding to the launch of Mr Salmond's new political party, an SNP spokesperson said: "This is perhaps the most predictable development in Scottish politics for quite some time".

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

"The party's strategic aims are clear and unambiguous - to achieve a successful, socially just and environmentally responsible independent country", Salmond said.

It comes after he announced plans to take legal action over the "conduct" of the Scottish Government's top civil servant Leslie Evans.

James Hamilton's report into whether First Minister Nicola Sturgeon breached the ministerial code concluded she did not do so with regard to the four allegations he looked into.

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Mr Salmond added: "The Alba Party is a list party, we are standing only in the list".

Salmond was acquitted in 2020 of charges of sexual assault, but has portrayed himself as the victim of a conspiracy to drive him out of public life, and won 500,000 pounds in legal costs from the Scottish government after its handling of an investigation into his behaviour was ruled unlawful. In Scotland's electoral system, citizens are given a constituency vote and a regional vote.

Mr Salmond said he'd be among the Alba Party candidates running in May's parliamentary elections, claiming he wanted to create a "supermajority for independence".

Today, Alba is hoisting a flag in the wind, planting our Saltire on a hill. We are giving that support.

In response, the SNP said Scotland must come before the "self interest of someone who shows no sign whatsoever of reflecting on serious concerns about his own conduct".

Salmond was cleared of all criminal charges past year, but in court it emerged he had privately apologized for "unacceptable behavior" toward women. It comes after the former first minister was cleared of 13 charges at the High Court in Edinburgh in March past year, after being arrested in January 2019.

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