Scotland

Salmond prefers minority rule to a coalition government

Alex Samond with John Swinney
Image caption Alex Salmond said he would not rule out a coalition deal

Alex Salmond would prefer to lead another minority government rather than enter into a coalition deal if this May's Holyrood elections result in a hung parliament.

Speaking on Newsnight Scotland, the first minister said he would not rule out joining a coalition but that would not be his first choice.

He said he felt his minority government had "proved itself".

"I think a minority government has been good for Scotland," he said.

"Obviously my overall preference would be to win an absolute majority," he added. "And I'd like to have a majority of more than one over leading opponents.

"Am I ruling out a coalition? No I am not ruling out a coalition but if we don't get an overall majority I think a minority government."

Mr Salmond also told the programme his "big idea" for the future was to make Scotland a powerhouse of the world's marine energy industry.

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