Alex Salmond was born in Linlithgow in 1954. He attended Linlithgow Academy before studying at St Andrew’s University, where he graduated with a joint honours MA in Economics and History.
With 240K followers on twitter, Alex enjoys his long-standing position as one of the most high-profile figures of modern Scottish politics. In 1978 he joined the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. In 1980 he joined the Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked for seven years: first as an Assistant Economist before being appointed Oil Economist in 1982, and from 1984 combining that role with duties as a bank economist. He has also been a visiting professor of economics at Strathclyde University.
He was first elected as MP for Banff & Buchan in 1987 and was elected as National Convener for the Scottish National Party in 1990. He served as leader of the opposition in the Scottish Parliament when he was elected MSP for Banff & Buchan constituency in 1999. He stood down as SNP National Convener in 2000 and left the Scottish Parliament in 2001.
Alex was re-elected as Leader of the SNP in 2004 and elected as MSP for the Gordon constituency in May 2007. He made political history after becoming the first nationalist to be elected First Minister of Scotland on 16 May 2007. He stepped down in November 2014.
His 2015 book The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days That Changed Scotland Forever is named for his famous ‘The Dream Shall Never Die’ resignation speech, which can be watched below.
He and his wife Moira married in 1981 and live in Strichen in Aberdeenshire. When not working he enjoys horse racing, football – supporting Scotland and Heart of Midlothian FC – golf and reading. Alex is also a board member of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.
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The inside story of the campaign that rocked the United Kingdom to its foundations, and the implications of the Scottish independence movement for the future of British politics.
Alex Salmond has been a passionate supporter of Scottish independence his whole life. In September 2014, he came close to realising that dream.
In a riveting daily diary, written with his trademark wit and charm, Salmond takes us into the heart of the YES campaign, revealing what was said and done behind the scenes as the referendum reached its dramatic climax.
He explains how the YES campaign energised the entire Scottish nation and rewrote the rulebook for grassroots political campaigning, not just in the UK but throughout the world.
He also looks ahead to the critical role of the ‘national question’ in the future of British politics, making clear that the referendum was not the end of a process, but the beginning of one. The dream of Scottish independence is very much alive.