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Alex Salmond

Born                         31 December 1954

Constituency          MP for Banff and Buchan 1987 - date MSP for Gordon  2007-

Party                          SNP

Majority                    2,062 in the 2007 Scottish Parliament Elections

Alex Salmond is the first SNP First Minister of Scotland and the first leader of a minority administration at Holyrood.

The son of two civil servants, Salmond was born on New Year's Eve 1954. After graduating from St Andrews university he worked as an Economist in the Scottish Civil Service before joining the Royal Bank of Scotland.

First elected as the MP for Banff and Buchan in 1987 he became the leader of the SNP after defeating his opponent by 486 votes to 144.

Elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 he stood down as SNP leader in 2000 and in July 2004 stood again for the leadership winning 75% of the vote. He was elected First Minister with the support of the Scottish Greens. 


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