Salmond praises outgoing Goldie

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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.”