Alex Salmond Quits Leaving Nicola Sturgeon As Favourite Successor
Having lost the Scottish independence referendum, Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party, has said that at the party’s conference in November he will be stepping down as SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland.
Immediately speculation began over the future of the party and who would be his successor and it wasn’t long before the bookies got in on the action. There were markets open on what Salmond’s next action would be if he lost the referendum and these closed on Friday afternoon. However, just a few hours later there were new markets open on who would be the next SNP leader.
Salmond’s deputy Nicola Sturgeon is the bookies’ favourite with odds of 1/4 at most major bookmakers. She has been the deputy leader of the SNP since 2004 and is seen as Salmond’s natural successor.
There are a number of other possible contenders: Derek Mackay, Alex Neil, Mike Russell, John Swinney and Hamza Yousaf are all seen as equally likely candidates with odds of 10/1 each. Angus Robertson has been placed at 12/1, Stewart Hosie at 16/1 and Kenny MacAskill is the real outsider with odds of 20/1.