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Sean Connery wants Scotland to leave the UK

Sean Connery wants Scotland to leave the UK

LONDON, March 3 (UPI) -- Connery urges Scots to vote for independence; says the decision would refocus attention on Scottish culture and create new jobs.
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Scotland sees tax gain from North Sea energy

ABERDEEN, Scotland, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said he expects a huge tax benefit from oil and natural gas production from the Scottish waters of the North Sea.

Scottish hydropower plant could boost capacity

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Tuesday plans to double hydroelectric output would anchor the country's position as a renewable energy leader.

U.K. stronger united, Cameron says

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The United Kingdom will have more military and diplomatic sway on the international stage with Scotland as a partner, the British prime minister said Friday.

Scotland may require microchipping dogs to protect children

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Every dog in Scotland may soon have to be microchipped and licensed under a proposal issued Friday by the head of the Scottish government, officials say.

U.S., U.K., Libya renew Lockerbie bombing investigation

LOCKERBIE, Scotland, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The United States, Britain and Libya said Saturday in a joint statement they will renew an investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
No obvious mechanical failure found after chopper's pub crash

No obvious mechanical failure found after chopper's pub crash

GLASGOW, Scotland, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Scottish police Monday released the names of the nine people who died when a police helicopter smashed into a Glasgow pub Friday night.

Crews begin removing helicopter that crashed into building

GLASGOW, Scotland, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Emergency crews Sunday were removing the wreckage of a helicopter from a Scottish pub it crashed into, killing at least eight people, officials said.
At least 8 dead in copter crash on Scottish pub roof

At least 8 dead in copter crash on Scottish pub roof

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Police in Scotland said at least eight people were killed and 32 were injured when a police helicopter crashed onto the roof of a bar in Glasgow.

Scotland after independence outlined in white paper

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Scottish National Party urged citizens to weigh the country's bid for independence as they review the party's white paper on an independent Scotland.
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.
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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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