SNP delighted with Alex Salmond’s Briton of the Year Awars
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 00:00
Awards rounds off Historic year for SNP
Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson MP has welcomed the news that Alex Salmond has won the prestigious The Times 2011 Briton of the Year award.
The First Minister has rounded off a memorable year, in which the SNP won the first ever majority government at the Scottish Parliament, by taking the prize in a year described by a newspaper not known for its pro-independence stance, as: "2011 -The year of Alex Salmond".
The Times also said:
"Mr Salmond demonstrated the electoral appeal of claiming a monopoly upon optimism. He persuaded voters that he was a man of bold vision, a man who, with charisma, would be able to do things differently."
Mr Robertson said that he was delighted with the First Minister's success:
"Alex is a charismatic leader both for Scotland and for the SNP. This award is testament to the ambition of the Scottish people and the hard work of the SNP.
"The First Minster's aim and his drive is to continue moving Scotland forward, and to deliver the long awaited referendum on Independence.
"It has been a remarkable year for the First Minister, the SNP and Scotland but we are well aware of the hard work that lies ahead of us over the coming months and years.
"Alex Salmond and the SNP have put their faith in the people of Scotland which will allow the voters the choice to decide the future when the referendum comes in the second half of the parliamentary campaign.
"As we move closer to the referendum the First Minister and the SNP will engage in a serious and robust debate with everyone who has an interest in moving Scotland forward. The debate will give the people of Scotland the facts they need to decide how they are going to vote on the constitutional future at the referendum on Independence."
First Minister Alex Salmond has also won winning the "Best Politician"
award at The Scottish Green Energy Awards
In October, Mr Salmond received the "South Australia International Climate Change Leadership Award" from the government of South Australia.
He also picked up the UK Political Studies Association "Politician of the Year" award.
And Mr Salmond won the Spectator magazine's "Politician of the Year"
award, as well as the Herald newspaper's "Politician of the Year" prize.