Alex Salmond returns to politics as leader of new Alba Party ahead of Scottish election
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Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond is seeking to make a dramatic return to Holyrood as the leader of the new pro-independence Alba Party.
Mr Salmond confirmed he will be standing for the party on the North East regional list section in May’s Scottish Parliament election.
Launching the new party in an online event, the SNP leader said: “Today Alba are hoisting a flag in the wind, planting our Saltire on a hill. In the next few weeks we will see how many will rally to our standard.”
The launch of his party comes after a turbulent period for the SNP and the Scottish Government, led by Mr Salmond’s successor Nicola Sturgeon.