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Scotland rolls out 'mission statement' on independence

Scotland rolls out 'mission statement' on independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Tuesday his government published a 670-page document outlining a "mission statement" for an independent Scotland.

Scotland courts Chinese energy companies

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said there was "substantial" interest in the North Sea expressed by Chinese energy companies during his trip to China.

Scotland and China are natural energy partners, Scottish leader says

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Scottish oil and natural gas workers are natural partners for a China as it seeks ways to satisfy growing energy demands, Scottish leader Alex Salmond said.

Scotland's Salmond warns future of shuttered refinery in jeopardy

GRANGEMOUTH, Scotland, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- With talks over reopening a key Scottish oil refinery stalled, First Minister Alex Salmond says the ongoing labor dispute is endangering its long-term future.

First minister promises higher minimum wage in independent Scotland

PERTH, Scotland, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- First Minister Alex Salmond promised Saturday that his party would back a minimum wage pegged to the cost of living in an independent Scotland.

London reviews Scottish military readiness

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Scotland would lose out on the billions of dollars of defense spending from the British government through independence, the British defense minister said.

OPEC: United Kingdom is best united

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The OPEC secretary general said London and Edinburgh may be better off staying together as part of an integrated United Kingdom.

Oil questions raised for independent Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Economic and social reviews of a potential independent Scotland find it may have a hard time capitalizing on any offshore oil reserves.

Thousands rally for Scottish independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- First Minister Alex Salmond promised a fairer and more prosperous Scotland during a pro-independence rally Saturday in Edinburgh.

Scotland: Oil supporting healthy GDP

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said the revenue generated from oil would help stimulate the economy of an independent Scotland.

Poll shows independence not gaining ground in Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The cause of Scottish independence has gained no ground in recent months, a poll released Wednesday indicated.

Scotland looks to North Sea for gains

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 23 (UPI) -- Scotland aims to reap the economic benefits from remaining oil and natural gas reserves in the North Sea on independence, First Minister Alex Salmond said.

Scotland defends defense capabilities

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 2 (UPI) -- An independent Scotland will have a top-notch fighting force but will not waste its money on maintaining a nuclear arsenal, a minister said Tuesday.

Scotland sets up offshore pipeline center

CLYDEBANK, Scotland, May 30 (UPI) -- The investments needed to set up a pipeline welding center in Scotland shows there's plenty of interest in its energy sector, First Minister Alex Salmond said.

Scotland says oil, greens, support independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 22 (UPI) -- Scotland has the economic resources available to endure as an independent country in part because of its energy sector, First Minister Alex Salmond said.
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Alexander Elliot Anderson "Alex" Salmond MSP ( /ˈsæmənd/; Scottish Gaelic: Ailig Salmond) born 31 December 1954) is a Scottish politician and current First Minister of Scotland. He became Scotland's fourth First Minister in May 2007. He is the Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), having served as Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Gordon. From 1987 to 2010 he served as Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan in the UK House of Commons. Salmond previously held the position of leader of the SNP from September 1990 until he stepped down in September 2000.

Originally from Linlithgow, West Lothian, Salmond is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, where he achieved a Joint Honours MA in Economics and History. After earning his degree he began his career in the Government Economic Service (GES), and later joined the Royal Bank of Scotland as an energy economist where he wrote and broadcast extensively for both domestic and international media outlets.

Following the establishment of the devolved Scottish Parliament in 1999, he was elected MSP for Banff and Buchan, thus simultaneously representing the area as both Member of Parliament (MP) and MSP. Salmond resigned as SNP leader in 2000 and did not seek re-election to the Scottish Parliament. He did however retain his Westminster seat in the 2001 general election. Salmond was once again elected SNP leader in 2004 and the following year held his Banff and Buchan seat in the 2005 general election. In 2006 he announced his intention to contest the Gordon constituency in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, an election in which Salmond defeated the incumbent MSP and in which nationally, the SNP emerged as the largest single party. Salmond was voted First Minister by the Scottish Parliament on 16 May 2007.

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