Commenting on Alex Salmond’s decision to resign as First Minister, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
‘Alex Salmond has been a dominant figure in Scottish politics for over two decades.
‘Whatever you think of his politics you cannot deny his political achievements. The longest serving First Minister; the first party leader to secure a Scottish Parliament majority; delivering an Referendum on Independence and increasing popular support for it.
‘His disappointment in not seeing the job through must be immense and, although a surprise to me, it is perhaps the right time for him to step aside as we now look to enhance Scottish Devolution.
‘He was the first SNP leader to address the STUC Congress, and in his dealings with us he has always been courteous, respectful and engaged, and while we disagreed on key issues of policy we were able to focus on issues on which we could make progress.
‘I’m sure he will continue to make his mark on Scottish politics in the years ahead.’
For further information contact Grahame Smith 0141 337 8100