Scotland's Salmond: independence more important than personalities

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s former political leader Alex Salmond said on Thursday his new pro-independence party, which could cost the ruling Scottish National Party votes in a May election, had nothing to do with his bitter row with the country’s current leader. Salmond said people had been “quite upset” after he launched the Alba Party last week, stunning Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, his former protégé but with whom he fell out during a bitter legal dispute. “Frankly, the cause of independence is much, much bigger than personalities,” Salmond told BBC radio. “It’s a noble cau…

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