John Swinney says he will never campaign with former SNP leader Alex Salmond again

-Credit: (Image: David Cheskin)
-Credit: (Image: David Cheskin)


John Swinney has said he will never campaign again with his former boss Alex Salmond.

The SNP leader confirmed the rift between the pair by saying he felt "very distant from who he is.”

Swinney worked with Salmond for decades at Westminster and Holyrood, serving as his Finance Secretary for seven years.

But Salmond fell out badly with his successor as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

This was over her Government's unlawful probe into sexual harassment claims against Salmond.

Sturgeon then believed Salmond's allies used a Holyrood inquiry into the debacle to try and bring her down.

Swinney was Sturgeon's closest ally in Government and he sides with her over Salmond.

In an interview with the Record, we asked how he feels about a man he worked with for decades.

“Distant,” he replied, after a long pause.

Asked how that made him feel, he said: “It doesn’t really put me up or down.”

He was also asked if he would ever campaign again with Salmond.

“No,” he said. “Because I feel very distant from who he is.”

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