Mike Raeburn announces endorsement and names Salmond the only candidate who can protect the Triple Lock on pensions and defend disabled from Tory cuts

THE FORMER Liberal Councillor for Inverurie has endorsed Alex Salmond’s campaign for re-election as local Lib Dems enter yet another coalition with the Tories.

The announcement also comes after nine Labour councillors were suspended by their party after an outrageous attempt to form an administration with Conservatives in Aberdeen City in chaotic scenes. 

In a special message to Inverurie voters, Mike Raeburn said:

“The Tory Party are lurching ever further to the right. Their next target will be pensioners like you and me.

"They are going to cut pensions in the same way they have picked on the disabled. At the moment, our pensions are guaranteed by a “triple lock”. That means your pension is increased by an amount equal to inflation, average earnings or 2.5% - whichever is the higher. Therefore, your pension keeps up with the real cost of living.

"The Tories are going to scrap this so we are all going to be poorer. 

He added: 

“You can trust Alex Salmond to fight for the folk of Gordon and the North East of Scotland, particularly pensioners and the disabled.

"Alex has my full support, please give him yours too."

SNP candidate for re-election in Gordon, Alex Salmond said: 

"Most Liberal and Labour voters will feel really badly let down by their Council groups lining up with the Tories.

"We need opposition to the Tory Government's austerity and progressive policies in North East Councils. The way to respond is to back my campaign for re-election in Gordon and I am delighted to have Mike Raeburn's endorsement.”






Alex Salmond has voiced support for popular museum's appeal to secure £300,000 of funding over the next three years

Alex Salmond meeting retired Gordon Highlander Maj. Mike Taitt at the White Wood in Huntly. 

Alex Salmond meeting retired Gordon Highlander Maj. Mike Taitt at the White Wood in Huntly. 

SNP candidate for Gordon, Alex Salmond has today supported to the campaign to save one of Aberdeen's most popular attractions, the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which is seeking to raise £300,000 over the next three years to ensure its future. 

The museum, which charts the 200-year history of the regiment, boasting authentic exhibits and interactive displays. It has been open for over 20 years. 

Whilst visitor numbers have risen, profits have plummeted by over 80%. The museum has called for supporters to donate £10 a month with an aim to raise £100,000 a year until 2020.

Last year, Mr Salmond met with Inverurie-local and retired Gordon Highlander, Maj. Mike Taitt at the Deveron Arts White Wood opening in Huntly. The White Wood, a living art installation composed of trees and natural features, was planted to promote ideals of peace. Maj. Tait himself helped in the planting of the original White Wood saplings.  

Speaking in support of the campaign, Mr Salmond said:

"The Gordon Highlanders Museum is a fantastic tribute to the soldiers who served in the regiment, across many campaigns and upon many foreign shores.

"It is important that the history of the Gordon Highlanders is remembered and understood.

"Last year, I met with a local retired Highlander Maj. Mike Taitt at the White Wood in Huntly. It is ex-servicemen like Maj. Taitt, who served in the Highlanders for over 20 years, who we should remember and I fully support the campaign to ensure that the museum can continue to tell their story."


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Salmond: Borders Rail a Blueprint for Buchan to Connect our Communities

SNP candidate for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has pledged to continue to campaign for a Buchan railway connection between Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Peterhead, referencing the many successes of the Borders Railway and the positive impacts it brought to surrounding communities since opening in 2015.

Salmond on the real lesson from the French Election

SNP International Affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond, has drawn the contrast between the attitude of newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May on their attitudes to the far right in politics.

Launch of 'Alex for Gordon' Campaign

Mr Salmond said:

“We are all well up for the battle ahead. I stand for re-election on my record, on the need to provide real opposition to the Tory Government and to protect our own Scottish Parliament as the place to decide Scotland’s future."

Salmond: Operation 'Wire Up Gordon' well underway

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond has today welcomed the announcement of a multi-million-pound reinvestment back into the Scottish Government's Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. 

£410 million is being invested in the DSSB programme by the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), BT, the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.

Impact of Tory fraud allegation on General Election

Following reports from Channel 4 News that at least 30 Conservative Party members of parliament and agents are subject to reports to the Crown Prosecution Service for suspected breaches of electoral law, Alex Salmond has raised a Point of Order in the House of Commons about the impact this could have on the General Election.

Alex Salmond statement on the General Election


Following Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement today that she will seek approval from Parliament to hold a General Election on 8 June 2017, Mr Salmond said:

“This is blatant opportunism by the Prime Minister who is looking to take advantage of the weakness of the Labour Party to legitimise her hard-Brexit agenda and shift the entire country to the right. 

“After everything she said about governing the country, she has taken one look at the opinion polls and dashed to an election.

“All of this makes it more important than ever that the SNP are there to offer real opposition to a Prime Minister intent on smashing all dissent to her hard-right agenda. 

“I will be offering myself to the Party for the wonderful constituency of Gordon to provide and deliver that opposition.”


Alex Salmond raises Cabinet's 'chaotic confusion' on the eve of Brexit

For immediate release: Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Alex Salmond MP has said Theresa May must offer clarity over her "cabinet's chaotic confusion” following Boris Johnson’s recent comments on national television that no deal would be “perfectly okay”, whilst Liam Fox simultaneously stated in another interview that such a scenario would be “bad… not just bad for the UK, but for Europe as a whole.”

During Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions today, the SNP’s International Affairs spokesperson asked Boris Johnson to lay out what official estimates or forecasts he has seen which led him to say that the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal would be “perfectly okay”.

Alex Salmond MP commented:

“On the eve of Brexit, the day before Theresa May hands over the UK’s official letter-headed self-sabotage note to exit the EU, her cabinet is dominated by chaotic confusion.

“It offers a worrying insight into the UK government’s negotiation approach when the Prime Minister can barely manage to get her key cabinet ministers to read off the same policy paper at the same time on national television.

“Following their conflicting comments, I am worried as to whether or not the Foreign Secretary will now be excluded from cabinet decision making after saying no deal would be 'perfectly okay', while his cabinet colleague was simultaneously telling another television programme that it would be really bad for the UK and Europe.

“The Foreign Secretary must lay out what official estimates or forecasts he has seen which led him to believe and say that no deal from Brexit would be perfectly okay - despite all the evidence that points to the contrary."


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Alex Salmond on the passing of Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness' political journey was accompanied by his own personal journey. It is why it is right to both mourn his passing and recognise his contribution, without which there would not be peace in Northern Ireland today.

My sympathy and condolences go to Martin's family.

Salmond rallies behind Registration to Resuscitation Campaign

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has today announced his backing of the Scottish Ambulance Service Registration to Resuscitation campaign, which appeals to communities to register potentially life-saving public access defibrillators on a dedicated website. 

Salmond responds to Lord Heseltine sacking

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has issued a statement in response to the sacking of Lord Michael Hesseltine following his vote in the House of Lords against a hard Tory Brexit.

Salmond seeks local business champion nominees

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has issued a call across the local community for help in selecting a Constituency Responsible Business Champion for 2017. 

An appeal for nominees for the award has been made by Mr Salmond, seeking enterprises who have made a particularly positive impact in his constituency and beyond. If indeed the reach of any particular local business goes further than the boundaries of Gordon, a joint nomination can be made with a neighbouring MP.