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Nationalists pay MacDonald tribute by applause

MARGO MacDonald, the veteran MSP who died last week, was given a heartfelt minute's applause at the SNP conference.

POSTHUMOUS: Alex Salmond leads conference in appreciation of former SNP MSP Margo MacDonald.
POSTHUMOUS: Alex Salmond leads conference in appreciation of former SNP MSP Margo MacDonald.

The Independent MSP, who had also served as an MP and MSP for the Nationalists, was described by First Minister Alex Salmond as a luminous star in Scottish politics.

Inviting delegates at the SNP conference in Aberdeen to honour her with applause, he said: "I've been thinking about how best to recognise that contribution that Margo made to this party and this movement. And somehow a minute's silence isn't the Margo way. Let's give a resounding round of applause to the great contribution Margo MacDonald made to the SNP."

He added: "No star has burned more brightly and shone more luminously than that of Margo MacDonald."

Bringing the clapping to a halt, he joked: "Margo would say, 'See - there's Alex Salmond bringing my applause to an end.'"

The tribute came as delegates passed a motion marking the 80th anniversary of the formation of the SNP and honouring past activists "who tenaciously campaigned for Scotland's interests".

Introducing the motion, Mr Salmond said: "We are a highly successful political party but we are not an ordinary political party. We are part of a movement. The aim and ambition is the freedom and independence of our country."

The tribute to Ms MacDonald, who had been battling Parkinson's, came as her family attended a private service for her in Edinburgh.

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