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Down but not out, former Scottish independence leader Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond meets members of the public on a walkabout in Newmachar, Scotland. Scotland's former pro-independence leader, Alex Salmond, says he is going to run for a seat in the British Parliament in May's election. Salmond announced Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 that he will contest a northeast Scotland seat for the Scottish National Party, which he led until last month. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond meets members of the public on a walkabout in Newmachar, Scotland. Scotland's former pro-independence leader, Alex Salmond, says he is going to run for a seat in the British Parliament in May's election. Salmond announced Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 that he will contest a northeast Scotland seat for the Scottish National Party, which he led until last month. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)  (The Associated Press)

Scotland's former pro-independence leader, Alex Salmond, says he's going to run for a seat in the British Parliament in May's election.

Salmond announced Sunday he will contest a northeast Scotland seat for the Scottish National Party, which he led until last month.

Under Salmond, the party came close to realizing its dream of making Scotland an independent country. In a Sept. 18 referendum, 45 percent of voters backed independence but 55 percent said no.

Polls suggest the British election is too close to call, and smaller parties such as the SNP and the anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party could end up holding significant power.

Salmond said "with so much at stake for Scotland, I think it's impossible to stand on the sidelines."