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Alex Salmond says he will stand at the next general election

Alex Salmond says he will stand at the next general election
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Alex Salmond has revealed he is preparing to stand at the next general election after he lost his seat last month.

The former Scottish First Minister lost the Gordon seat he claimed in 2015 to the Conservatives, as the SNP’s seat haul dropped from 56 to 35.

When asked by Sky News whether he would seek a third stint at Westminster, he replied: “Yeah, I fought ten elections, I’ve won nine of them and I’d like to make it nine out of 11 or 10 out of 11, rather than nine out of 10, put it that way”.

Mr Salmond had earlier said that he would allow “political opportunities to develop” when asked about whether he would consider a return to Holyrood or as an MP.

“I can rule out the House of Lords. Of the others, sometimes you just have to let political opportunities develop, particularly in some very uncertain times.”

“I’m not finished with politics. As I said on election night, ‘you’ve not seen the last of my bunnet’”.

The former SNP leader also defended Theresa May for refusing to set a time scale on her premiership.

“You can’t answer that question, because as soon as you answer it, then you cease to be a Prime Minister,” he said.

“She’s got very limited authority right now… even Tony Blair, who was a powerful Prime Minister, as soon as he put a time scale on his own departure his authority disappeared.”

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