Former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill defects to Alex Salmond’s new Alba party

Kenny MacAskill, a former Scottish justice secretary, has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP) to join Alex Salmond’s new political party.

The MP announced his move to the pro-independence Alba Party unveiled on Friday.

Mr Salmond, Scotland’s former first minister made a dramatic return to politics as its leader and said the new party will help “reinforce the momentum behind the independence cause”.

Mr MacAskill, a former minister in Mr Salmond’s cabinet, said he will continue serving as an MP after switching over to Alba.

In response, Ian Blackford, SNP’s Westminster leader, said: “He has been an increasing embarrassment to many in the SNP and his departure is somewhat of a relief. ‘’

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