Great Britain

Alex Salmond comeback bid ends as Alba fails to secure regional seat in North East Scotland

Alex Salmond will not return to the Scottish Parliament after he failed in his bid to pick up a seat on the North East regional list.

The former first minster had hoped to boost the Scottish independence cause by returning to frontline politics with his Alba Party.

But his party failed to pick up a seat in the region.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Salmond has said the First Minister “lost her nerve” on Scottish independence in 2017.

The former SNP leader was speaking on a podcast with independence supporters after he admitted his party was unlikely to get any seats in the Holyrood elections.

As well as Ms Sturgeon, Mr Salmond took aim at the leadership of the SNP, who he described as “graceless”.

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