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#Alex Salmond

# alex-salmond - Friday 13 January, 2012

Former Belfast mayor calls for end to 'shifty' handshakes

Tom Ekin has asked Northern Ireland’s leaders to reflect on how they shake hands as current practice could be sending out the wrong message.

Leaders clash over Scottish independence ahead of Dublin summit

Alex Salmond and Nick Clegg have taken to Irish airwaves to express strong views about the issue of Scottish independence ahead of the British-Irish Council summit today.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

Youth unemployment on the agenda at British-Irish summit

The 17th council summit gets underway in Dublin this afternoon, where the main issue on the table will be economic developments.

# alex-salmond - Thursday 12 January, 2012

UK deputy prime minister to visit Áras an Uachtaráin

Nick Clegg will meet with President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Dublin tomorrow.

# alex-salmond - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Scotland insists it has mandate for independence referendum in 2014

And it wants to hold it on its own terms, defying the wishes of the UK government in Wesminster which wants the vote to be held sooner.

# alex-salmond - Sunday 4 September, 2011

Disbanding Scottish Conservative Party would 'damage the union' Scotland This post contains a poll

Disbanding Scottish Conservative Party would 'damage the union'

Proposals by the favourite to be the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives to disband the party in that country have been met with a mixed reaction.

# alex-salmond - Monday 20 June, 2011

Economy the focus of Taoiseach's London visit

Wind farms on Ireland’s west coast will also be on the agenda.

# alex-salmond - Friday 17 June, 2011

Bill aimed at reducing sectarianism in Scottish football to be published

Tough new prison terms will be part of the bill being published in the Scottish parliament.

# alex-salmond - Friday 6 May, 2011

UK voters reject voting reform as Scottish nationalists win huge majority

The local and assembly elections as well as the referendum produced misery for the junior coalition party, the Liberal Democrats, whilst the main opposition Labour party enjoyed a resurgence.

Hammering for Lib Dems as Scottish nationalists approach majority

Nick Clegg’s party takes a beating in local elections, while the SNP – which backs independence – takes power in Scotland.

# alex-salmond - Thursday 22 July, 2010

THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE Alex Salmond has said that his administration released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi on compassionate grounds last year.

Salmon reportedly wrote a strongly worded letter to US senator John Kerry, denying that BP had anything to do with Scotland’s decision.

He expressed his “revulsion” at al-Megrahi’s actions, which resulted in the deaths of 270 people, but stressed compassion.

Salmon wrote:

“I can say unequivocally that the Scottish Government has never, at any point, received any representations from BP in relation to al Megrahi.

That is to say we had no submissions or lobbying of any kind from BP, either oral or written, and, to my knowledge, the subject of al Megrahi was never raised by any BP representative to any Scottish Government minister. That includes the Justice Minister, to whom it fell to make the decisions on prisoner transfer and compassionate release on a quasi-judicial basis.”

Scotland has released 39 prisoners on the basis of an application for compassionate release, which was introduced in 1993.

Medical tests received by the Scottish authorities last year indicated that al-Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, would die within three months.