Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted the astonishing arrogance of plans by former SNP leader Alex Salmond to embark on a US leg of his book signing tour during his campaign to stand for the Lib Dem held seat of Gordon.
It was revealed today the Mr Salmond had been expected to visit New York and Toronto during the week of April 6, snubbing local election hustings taking place in the constituency. The tour has now been cancelled following criticism by opposition candidates.
Commenting on the news, outgoing Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon Sir Malcolm Bruce said:
"It's astonishing arrogance that Mr Salmond could even contemplate an international book signing tour during an election for a seat he has yet to win.
Cancelling it now shows he has suddenly realised he has a fight on his hands as support builds all across Gordon for the increasingly popular Christine Jardine."
Scottish Liberal Democrat Gordon candidate Christine Jardine said:
"The people of Gordon voted no by almost two to one. We have been let down by the SNP, who have taken their eye off the ball on health, education, transport and local funding, whilst they focus on their independence campaign. Now the SNP threaten to wreck the economic recovery across the UK with their plans to borrow even more than Labour.
"We need an MP whose priority is the people of Gordon - not self promotion. Only Liberal Democrats are committed to transferring more powers from Westminster to Scotland, properly funding the NHS and balancing the books to secure the recovery."