Salmond praises outgoing Goldie


Commenting on the announcement by Annabel Goldie that she is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party in the autumn, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I hold Annabel in the very highest personal regard – she has a great sense of humour, and a good outlook on political life. “Annabel acquitted herself very well in the recent election, and although her party lost ground I believe they would have lost more had she not been leader.

“I will miss Annabel’s distinctive style at First Minister’s Questions in particular. I am sure that Annabel still has a significant contribution to make as a distinguished parliamentarian, and she carries my very best wishes for the future.”