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Edinburgh Festival Fringe prepares for Alex Salmond Unleashed

The ex-SNP leader said the show will feature lots about politics but the emphasis will be very much on the lighter side.

Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond is to host his own show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The ex-SNP leader, who lost his seat as MP for Gordon in May’s General Election, will front Alex Salmond Unleashed during the annual arts festival in August.

Promoters for the show say it will feature invited guests, music and comedy, as well as “a bit of light-hearted banter and a few behind-the-scenes revelations about his time in power”.

Mr Salmond told the National newspaper: “I have always fancied a spot at the Edinburgh Fringe and this is going to be lots of fun.

“Obviously in the show there will be lots about politics but the emphasis will be very much on the lighter side.

“Among the invited guests there is already plenty of excitement and quite a few surprises. I suspect some people might be taken aback at the range of friends whom I invite along.

“I can confirm that the President of the United States will not be appearing in person but he may well feature in quite a few of the stories I tell about recent political events.”

The ex-SNP leader said he'd always fancied doing the Fringe (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: “Only Alex Salmond would have the ego to think he could be an attractive fixture at the world’s biggest comedy festival.

“The crowds will almost certainly be laughing at him rather than with him.

“And it seems he’s recruiting other ousted SNP MPs to help out.

“Next we’ll have Angus Robertson selling the half-time macaroon bars, and John Nicolson checking ticket stubs.”

Crowds in Edinburgh's Royal Mile during the 2016 Fringe Festival (Jane Barlow/PA)

:: The hour-long show will run for two weeks at the city’s Assembly Rooms from August 13.

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