Nicola Sturgeon

5th First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party

Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon (born 19 July 1970 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a Scottish politician and the current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party. She has been the MSP for Glasgow Southside since 2007 and before that for Glasgow since 1999.

Sturgeon in 2016



  • A discriminatory and shameful piece of legislation that was imposed on Scotland by Westminster will today be repealed by the Scottish parliament ahead of other parts of the UK. That says something about the state of Scotland that we can all be proud of.
    • Quoted by Kirsty Scott in "Scotland throws out section 28" The Guardian (22 June 2000)
    • On the abolition in Scotland of Section 28 (Section 2A in Scotland) of the Local Government Act 1988 which stated local authorities "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".



  • I have opposed Trident and nuclear weapons for all of my political life - I even joined CND before becoming a member of the SNP.


  • I believe both Scotland and the UK should stay in the EU. Scotland benefits from being part of the EU, and the EU benefits from having Scotland a part of it. No SNP parliamentarian has expressed a desire to campaign for the out campaign - though they are not prevented from doing so. I am determined to make the positive case for continued membership in a reformed EU.
  • While I do not agree with the decision on the EU reached by people in England and Wales, I do respect it. I hope the new PM will show the same respect for the decision reached by the Scottish people.


  • We've backed a second EU referendum, which gives people the opportunity to stop Brexit in its tracks and reverse the decision that was taken. I would also support a General Election, which would give people the opportunity to do that. And of course I want to give Scotland the opportunity of choosing our own future through independence through which we can try to fashion a future that has Scotland as part of the European Union and broader international community.


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