Alex Salmond warns voters they have not seen the last of him

first_imgTo heckling from Tory activists, he said: “But overall results show the SNP will have won a majority of the seats in this country and a majority of the votes, something which I suspect the Prime Minister would like to be able to claim in the early hours of this morning but may not be able to do so.”While the SNP may have been reduced in numbers at Westminster, he said they will still have “very substantial influence indeed”. Mr Salmond said: “And I know that my colleagues will seek to use that influence to keep the Conservative Party from power and to build a progressive alliance to take this country forward and to avoid the calamity of hard Brexit.”Speaking later to BBC Scotland, he refused to be drawn on whether he thought Nicola Sturgeon should drop her demand for a second independence referendum.However he said he was teasing the Tories with his argument that they had not seen the last of him. In his victory speech, Mr Clark said: “The silent majority have spoken. We’re proud to be part of the United Kingdom.” alex salmond Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Alex Salmond’s defeat is a huge blow for SNPCredit:getty Alex Salmond has warned Scots they have not seen the last of him after losing his seat to the Tories in the most sensational upset of the General Election.The former First Minister quoted a Jacobite song in his concession speech, saying: “You’ve not seen the last of my bonnet and me.”Although he won a majority of 8,687 at the 2015 election in the Gordon seat, the Tory vote increased by 29 points to give Colin Clark victory by 2,607 votes.A defiant Mr Salmond insisted the SNP had still won the election in Scotland, having held a majority of seats, and refused to blame Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a second independence referendum.Instead he argued that the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn had led to Left-wing and pro-independence voters switching support from the SNP to Labour, allowing the Tories to come through the middle.The former SNP leader predicted that the Nationalists would now try to form a “progressive alliance” with Mr Corbyn to keep the Tories out of power.Mr Salmond, whose father died this week, said: “The Scottish National Party have lost many fine parliamentarians this evening and that is a grievous blow to the SNP.”last_img

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