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Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 UK General Election - Alex Salmond Defeated by Tory Colin Clark in the Gordon contest

Alex Salmond has been kicked out of Parliament after losing his fight to be re-elected as MP for Gordon - ending more than 30 years in frontline politics.

The former SNP leader joined more than a dozen of his SNP colleagues on the sacked list this morning in a grim night for the nationalists.

He called the result a 'grievous blow' to the party but refused to say the second independence referendum is dead.

Mr Salmond was swept away by a Scottish Conservative surge that saw an historic resurgence in the Scottish borders and the north east. 

Scotland's former first minister has spent most of the last 30 years in a Westminster seat - aside from between 2010 and 2015 -  but last night was defeated by Colin Clark on a huge swing to the Tories in the June 08,2017's election

After his defeat he said in his concession speech

'You've not seen the last of my bonnet and me' - a quote from a Jacobean song - but it could be the end of his Westminster career. 

Alex Salmond, the SNP's foreign affairs spokesman, had swept to power in the seat with a 8,687 majority in 2015, overturning decades of Liberal Democrat rule.

His 2015 election was a triumphant return to Westminster after a spell leading the Scottish Government in Holyrood that ended with defeat in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

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