Alba Party leader Alex Salmond has revealed he voted for the Scottish National Party at the 2024 General Election

The former Scottish First Minister said he gave his former party a “saving grace” as Alba did not field a candidate in the Aberdeenshire North and Moray East constituency.

(Image: Image of Alex Salmond, PA)

It comes after Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross lost the seat to the SNP after criticism over his decision to stand in place of David Duguid who was receiving hospital treatment. 

Salmond said: “I voted SNP, because we had no Alba candidate here in the north east of Scotland and I’m one of the few people in Scotland who can say I voted for a successful SNP candidate because in this seat, because of the shenanigans of the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, who stabbed one of his colleagues in the back, metaphorically.

“Many people here decided that’s not the sort of person they wanted representing the north east of Scotland.

“So, this was the SNP’s gain of the election and I and Alba supporters contributed to it, so I’m glad to give the SNP their saving grace.”

(Image: Image taken by Colin Mearns, Newsquest)

The SNP won just nine seats – a drop of 39 from the 2019 election - and lost all six seats in Glasgow to the Labour Party. 

The results were as follows: 

Glasgow North East   Maureen Burke 

Glasgow East  John Grady 

Glasgow South  Gordon McKee 

Glasgow West    Patricia Ferguson 

Glasgow South West   Dr Zubir Ahmed 

Glasgow North   Martin Rhodes