Alex Salmond takes balloon ride on campaign trail

Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was joined by Alex Salmond on the campaign trail in Milnathort. Picture: Getty
Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was joined by Alex Salmond on the campaign trail in Milnathort. Picture: Getty
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ALEX Salmond has taken to the skies in a hot air balloon while on the campaign trail.

The former First Minister and leader of the SNP was campaigning with the Nationalists’ Perthshire South and Ochil candidate Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, in Milnathort.

Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh and Alex Salmond in the hot air balloon basket. Picture: Getty

Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh and Alex Salmond in the hot air balloon basket. Picture: Getty

Mr Salmond is a candidate for the SNP in the Gordon constituency but took time out from his own campaign to give backing to Ms Sheikh, described as one of the SNP’s up and coming politicians.

Previously a member of both the Labour and Conservative parties, Ms Sheikh - a solicitor and actress - founded the Scottish Asian Women’s Association and once got Mr Salmond to appear as a ghost in a Pakistani TV soap.

Born in Chelsea, her father was the first Asian councillor in the UK for the Conservatives, being elected in Edinburgh’s New Town / Stockbridge ward in 1986.