Politician. Born in Linlithgow, Salmond studied History and Politics at St Andrews before working in banking. He was returned to the Westminster Parliament in 1987 as SNP member for Banf and Buchan and was elected leader of his party in 1990. He campaigned for a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum on devolution in 1997 but stood down as leader in 2000. Re‐elected to the leadership in 2004, he returned to the Scottish Parliament and in 2007, with the SNP as the largest party, formed a minority government in Scotland as First Minister. He has been greatly helped by a genial and entertaining manner, which critics hint is simulated, but has maintained the objective of Scottish independence.
Subjects: British History — Politics.