A new party with an old friend: The Scottish ex-Prime Minister Alex Salmond wants to get back on the political stage and bring the country back into the EU.
Former Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond has announced the formation of a new party and with it his surprising political comeback. The Alba party, which wants to campaign for Scotland’s independence from Great Britain, will run for parliamentary elections in early May, the 66-year-old said in Edinburgh on Friday.
The former chairman of the Scottish National Party (SNP) was head of government from 2007 to 2014. After a failed independence referendum, he resigned. With his successor, the current head of government Nicola Sturgeon, he fell out in the dispute over allegations of sexual harassment against him. He was later acquitted of the allegations.
Opponent of his former party friends
Even if Salmond emphasized that the new party was not a direct competitor of the SNP, he could dispute Sturgeon’s votes. Alba will be a “new political force” aiming to get a “qualified majority” for independence in May, Salmond said. He himself and so far three other Alba members want to run for election.
The SNP is hoping for a victory in the parliamentary elections on May 6th. Sturgeon wants Scotland to be able to rejoin the EU after a new referendum and an exit from the UK. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson strictly rejects another referendum.