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.”

ENDS