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ref date:11 Jan 2001 (SI)
Alex Salmond to stay put in Westminster

After Alex Salmond stood down as party leader of the SNP after 10 years, many wondered what next for this man who had so often placed Scotland at the top of Westminsters lack-of-interest agenda.

Now it seems Mr Salmond will stay in in London to help the new Scottish SNP MP's fight on for Scotlands interests in England, he will then give up his seat in the Scottish parliament to another SNP candidate who will then fight a by-election.

Given Blairs reaction to any IDEA, God forbid, that Scotland should have a government of its own , rather than and executive that carries out Londons will over the Scots, Alex will be well placed to highlight this time and again in the public eye.