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Salmond standing 'for his own ego'

Published 01/05/2015

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez said ego is the main reason Alex Salmond is standing for election
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez said ego is the main reason Alex Salmond is standing for election

Alex Salmond is only standing for election at Westminster for his own ego, Nick Clegg's wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, has warned.

She was in the Gordon constituency to campaign with Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrat candidate who is hoping to deny the former first minister a seat in the House of Commons.

The pair toured the Elevator social enterprise centre in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, and then addressed a gathering of businesswomen.

Ms Jardine has pledged to set up a new mentoring and support network for young aspiring businesswomen if elected next week.

Ms Gonzalez Durantez said: "The choice is between Christine and Alex Salmond, and there could not be any clearer contrast ... Christine is a hard-working mum who lives in the constituency.

"The alternative is someone who is in this election only for himself and his own ego, and is not prepared even to campaign properly.

"Christine will always put the people first and that's what politics should be about ... putting the voters first."

Ms Jardine was selected as the Lib Dem candidate for the north-east seat of Gordon after Sir Malcolm Bruce announced he would stand down.

Following speculation after defeat in the independence referendum, Mr Salmond announced his intention to stand as the SNP's candidate in December.

Campaigning in the constituency by both parties has been fierce.

Mr Salmond's bid for Westminster attracted more than £13,000 of support from crowdfunding by the SNP Inverurie branch while party leader Nicola Sturgeon boosted his campaign with a visit in April.

Ms Jardine has been aided on the campaign trail by Nick Clegg, who suggested tactical voting would see the Lib Dems retain their Scottish seats.

An SNP spokeswoman said: "The Lib Dems are lurching from one absurdity to the other in this campaign.

"When Nick Clegg campaigned for the Lib Dem candidate in Gordon he called her Justine - he couldn't even remember her name.

"Alex has represented the North East of Scotland for almost 30 years and been re-elected on every occasion. In contrast, the Lib Dem candidate is on her fourth election, having stood here, there and everywhere, and hasn't been elected once.

"On the basis of Alex's canvassing in Inverurie, Bridge of Don and Dyce today the Liberals will be lucky to come second, given their betrayal of the people of Gordon in supporting a Tory government over the last five long years.

"Nick Clegg himself is talking about Alex's role at Westminster - implying that the game is already up for the Lib Dems."

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