Salmond speaks about Strichen and the Buchan line as he steps down

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Alex Salmond has insisted that Scotland is not divided, but diverse after the battles of the referendum campaign, in his final speech to MSPs at Holyrood&.MACNAB

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Page Seventeen Alex Salmond has insisted that Scotland is not divided, but diverse after the battles of the referendum campaign, in his final speech to MSPs at Holyrood&.MACNAB grabs from andrew cowan

Alex Salmond cast his last vote as an MSP on Thursday, twenty-four hours after making his valedictory speech at Holyrood .

Mr Salmond said he was “taken aback by the amount of emotion,” as he made his last speech and remembered to take a “careful note” of his last vote - an SNP win for the Private Housing Bill.

In an exclusive interview Mr Salmond reflected on his time as an MSP for the North-East and explained what he thought he and the SNP government had brought to the area, improving infrastructure and transport links, detailing the AWPR and the City Shire deal

Mr Salmond said: “We have had eight years of an SNP government and people can see the results taking place before their eyes.”

The Ex-First Minister also believed that the time is right to expand that infrastructure, “into the heart of Buchan.”

He said: “The railways are now back on the agenda in a big way.”

Continuing as an SNP MP in Westminster Mr Salmond says that the people of his home town of Strichen will continue to see him every weekend regardless.

He said: “Nothing would have been possible without the support of the people from the North East.”

“I promised myself when I was First Minister that I would be in Strichen every weekend and I have done that.

“I’ve never missed a weekend and I think that’s very important as it keeps your feet on the ground.”

Mr Salmond recalled fond memories of protesting at parliament when it came to Aberdeen University when he was still in opposition, fighting against the closure of Peterhead prison - and winning.