Sal­mond sig­nals his re­turn – only if there’s an Indyref 2

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ALEX Sal­mond yes­ter­day sig­nalled a re­turn to front­line pol­i­tics – as soon as a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum is called.

The for­mer First Min­is­ter said he has no ‘im­me­di­ate’ plans to make a come­back to Holy­rood or West­min­ster.

But last night he said he stands ready for when­ever Nicola Stur­geon ‘fires the start­ing gun’ on Indyref2.

Speak­ing at an SNP branch meet­ing in Morn­ing­side, Ed­in­burgh, Mr Sal­mond said: ‘I have no im­me­di­ate po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions. I am very happy do­ing what I’m do­ing at the present mo­ment.

‘But the day and the hour that Nicola fires that start­ing gun, I’ll be on my marks and ready to go for the Yes campaign.’

The for­mer SNP leader, who lost his seat in last year’s gen­eral elec­tion, said the time frame for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum is a ‘mo­ment of judg­ment for the First Min­is­ter’, adding: ‘I’m ab­so­lutely cer­tain that she will choose that mo­ment wisely, care­fully and suc­cess­fully.’

And he said the UK Gov­ern­ment will leave Miss Stur­geon with an open goal if it pushes on with the EU With­drawal Bill with­out Holy­rood’s con­sent.

A Scottish Con­ser­va­tive spokesman said: ‘Alex Sal­mond is ig­nor­ing the in­con­ve­nient facts that a ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion still want to be part of the United King­dom, and there has been no shift in that po­si­tion for some time.’

Mr Sal­mond’s close ally and for­mer Na­tion­al­ist MP Tas­mina Ahmed-Sheikh was among those in the au­di­ence.

Ready to re­turn: Sal­mond

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