Alex Salmond is Spectator's Politician of the Year

First Minister Alex Salmond has been named Politician of the Year by Spectator magazine.

This follows from his success last week when he won the Herald's Politician of the Year award and last month when he was given the South Australia International Climate Change Leadership Award.

He was given the Spectator award "for his achievement in winning an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament and seeing off the leaders of the other three main political parties in Scotland".

It also hailed him for “seeing off the leaders of the other three main political parties in Scotland”.

A spokesman for the First Minister said: "This is a hat-trick of awards for the First Minister in the last few weeks, and a hat-trick of Spectator awards.

“It is a reflection of the strength and popularity of the First Minister and SNP Government, and the progress that Scotland is making as we approach the referendum.

“The First Minister, and people of Scotland, are clearly making the political weather across the UK and even Down Under.”

It is the third Spectator award, decided by a judging panel of senior journalists, Mr Salmond has received.

In 2007, following the SNP's first Holyrood election success, the First Minister won Parliamentarian of the Year and in 1998 he was voted Tactician of the Year.