Alex Salmond to stand down as First Minister

Alex Salmond is stepping down as First Minister.
Alex Salmond is stepping down as First Minister.

Alex Salmond has announced that he is to stand down as Scotland’s First Minister.

The SNP leader made the announcement this afternoon following the result of the Scottish independence referendum which saw 45% of the population vote in favour with 55% against.

The MSP for Aberdeenshire East told reporters: “For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.”