FORMER First Minister Alex Salmond has been cleared of all charges against him at the High Court in Edinburgh this afternoon (Monday).

Mr Salmond was on trial on 13 charges, which included charges of attempted rape and sexual assault.

The jury retired to deliberate its verdict on Friday afternoon after a two-week trial but came to its decision today.

The 65-year-old was found not guilty of 12 charges and not proven for another.

In a post on Twitter, East Lothian's MP Kenny MacAskill, a known ally of Mr Salmond, said he was “delighted” for the former First Minister, adding: “Some resignations now required".