Did Alex Salmond’s resignation lead to the astonishing rise of the SNP?

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The Scottish National Party candidate for Gordon in Aberdeenshire has been called many things: arrogant, self-aggrandising and independence-obsessed to name a few. But Alex Salmond as selfless? That sounds downright counter-intuitive. Yet nine months on from announcing his resignation as first minister and leader of the SNP, Salmond’s decision to leave office looks likely to have a profound impact upon electoral and constitutional politics in the UK for the foreseeable future.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2015

Bibliographical note

Malcolm receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for his position as a researcher for the Centre on Constitutional Change, but the views expressed here are entirely his own


  • Alex Salmond
  • Labour
  • SNP
  • Scotland
  • Scottish National Party
  • Nicola Sturgeon
  • Jim Murphy
  • Scottish Labour


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