Ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond
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Ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond to stand for UK parliament

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond is to stand for a seat at Westminster at next May's General Election, the BBC understands.

He will contest the Gordon seat held by retiring Lib Dem MP Sir Malcolm Bruce.

Mr Salmond stood down as SNP leader and Scotland's first minister after the "Yes" campaign was defeated in September's independence referendum.

The BBC's Political Correspondent, Iain Watson, says Mr Salmond is likely to feel confident he has enough support to win the seat.

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