ALEX Salmond has told the Prime Minister that if he delays his ‘vow’ for more Holyrood powers then Scotland would take matters into its own democratic hands.
Issuing a stern warning to David Cameron, Mr Salmond urged the pro-Union parties to keep its powers’ promise as he underlined the SNP’s commitment to full independence.
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The outgoing First Minister also predicted that his successor Nicola Sturgeon would lead Scotland out of the UK in his farewell speech as party leader at the SNP conference in Perth.
After handing over leadership of the party to Ms Sturgeon, Mr Salmond praised her ‘immense’ contribution to the rise of the SNP.
“Your future contribution - I have no doubt - will be to make history,” Mr Salmond added.
Having received a rapturous standing ovation from delegates, Mr Salmond took the unusual step of returning to the podium to declare that under Ms Sturgeon and the party’s newly-elected deputy Stewart Hosie the SNP’s dream was “alive and well and will succeed”.
With the SNP riding high in the opinion polls, Mr Salmond set the party the target of winning its first UK General Election in Scotland.
He argued that only a vote for the SNP in the General Election next year could force Westminster to deliver more powers.
“The UK parties should be in no doubt - give Scots the power we demand or Scotland will vote to take it,” Mr Salmond said.
“So let the message be very clear from this hall and this country to the Prime Minister - delay, prevaricate, block or obstruct the implementation of what was promised, and Scotland will take matters into our own democratic hands.”
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