Alex Salmond made political history when he became the first nationalist to be elected First Minister of Scotland on the 16th May 2007. Alex was the face of the Scottish referendum and led a historic campaign on the independence of Scotland. Alex stepped down from the role in November 2014.
Born in Linlithgow in 1954, Alex Salmond attended Linlithgow Academy before studying at St Andrew's University, where he graduated with a joint honours MA in Economics and History.
In 1978 Alex Salmond joined the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. In 1980 he joined the Royal Bank of Scotland where he worked for seven years: first as an Assistant Economist before being appointed Oil Economist in 1982, and from 1984 combining that role with duties as a bank economist. Alex has also been a visiting professor of economics at Strathclyde University.
Alex Salmond was first elected as MP for Banff & Buchan in 1987 and was elected as National Convener for the Scottish National Party in 1990. He served as leader of the opposition in the Scottish Parliament when he was elected MSP for Banff & Buchan constituency in 1999. He stood down as SNP National Convener in 2000 and left the Scottish Parliament in 2001.
Alex was re-elected as Leader of the SNP in 2004 and elected as MSP for the Gordon constituency in May 2007. When not working he enjoys horse racing, football – supporting Scotland and Heart of Midlothian FC – golf and reading.
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