Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish politician
Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon is the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Member (MSP) for Glasgow Southside. Nicola Sturgeon became an MSP in the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, becoming the SNP's spokeswoman on justice, and later on education and health.
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Nicola Sturgeon: Tory hard-liners aim to take over country with General Election - Herald Scotland
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Herald Scotland Nicola Sturgeon: Tory hard-liners aim to take over country with General Election Herald Scotland Tory "hard-liners" want to "take over the country" by winning more power in the general election, according to Scotland's First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon will tell trade union members that the Conservative Party's vision for the country "should be ... The rape clause will make it hard for Ruth Davidson to convince voters she's a different kind of Tory support in Scotland rises to 33%, poll showsAberdeen Evening Express Euan McColm: Election turns Sturgeon into image of SalmondThe Scotsman The Sunday Post all 56 news articles »
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Sturgeon: May election move 'huge miscalculation' - BBC News
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BBC News Sturgeon: May election move 'huge miscalculation' BBC News Nicola Sturgeon has described Theresa May's plans for a snap general election as a "huge political miscalculation". Ms Sturgeon said the move was an "extraordinary u-turn" by Mrs May, but that she relished the prospect of campaigning against the Tories. So long, the Labour Party: 7 things we can expect from the 2017 General Nicola Sturgeon: Surprise general election a 'political miscalculation' Nicola Sturgeon: June election is huge miscalculationThe Guardian Press and Journal -Belfast Telegraph -STV News -Scottish Daily Record all 135 news articles »
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Ruth Davidson challenges Nicola Sturgeon over 'rape clause' row -
Google News - 11 days Ruth Davidson challenges Nicola Sturgeon over 'rape clause' row Ruth Davidson has challenged Nicola Sturgeon to say whether she will use new powers at Holyrood to scrap the so-called “rape clause” introduced by the UK Government's child tax credit reforms. The Scottish Conservative leader, who has been under attack ... Glasgow rally being held against tax credit 'rape clause'BBC News Ruth Davidson: Nicola Sturgeon can act to remove rape clauseGlasgow Evening Times Ruth Davidson accuses Nicola Sturgeon of 'gross hypocrisy' over two-child tax credits Huffington Post UK (blog) -Scottish Daily Record all 80 news articles »
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Full text of Nicola Sturgeon referendum letter to Theresa May revealed - Herald Scotland
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Herald Scotland Full text of Nicola Sturgeon referendum letter to Theresa May revealed Herald Scotland NICOLA Sturgeon has formally asked Theresa May to grant Holyrood the power to hold a second independence referendum, in line with a recent majority vote of MSPs. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Sturgeon said she felt frustrated that the voices of ... After 'Brexit,' Scotland Lays a Path to Another Independence VoteNew York Times Scotland's papers: EU 'hardball' and Harry Clarke walks freeBBC News Niamh Carroll explores the space between the Brexit and Scottish independence campaignsNouse Press and Journal -Aberdeen Evening Express -The Guardian -New Zealand Herald all 1,050 news articles »
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Is Sturgeon trolling May with referendum photo?
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As Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon put pen to paper, signing a letter seeking a second independence referendum,
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Scottish Parliament backs new independence vote
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When Scotland voted to remain part of Great Britain back in 2014, it was seen as a resolution to the independence debate – at least for a while. On Tuesday, the Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69 to 59 in favor of asking Westminster for another independence vote. The referendum would take place in late 2018 or early 2019, said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, after the details of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union are clearer.
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Daily Mail Hits Another Low With Sexist Front Page
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It’s 2017 ― can’t two female world leaders meet without their bodies making headlines? London’s Daily Mail, in a preview for Tuesday’s front page, features a photo of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May meeting with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The headline: “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” Tuesday's @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages — Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) March 27, 2017 The focus on women’s legs was a peculiar editorial choice, given the meeting’s importance for the future of Scotland and the U.K. May and Sturgeon met a day ahead of the devolved Scotish assembly’s resumption of debate over whether the country will again seek independence from the U.K. The assembly is expected to give Sturgeon the authority to seek a second independence referendum after the failure of a 2014 vote, Reuters reported.  Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and others scoffed at the Daily Mail’s coverage.  It's 2017. This sexism ...
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MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote - BBC News
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BBC News MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote BBC News MSPs are set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second independence referendum in a Holyrood vote. Members will vote after the resumption of a debate which was cut short in the wake of a terror attack at Westminster. Ms Sturgeon's ... MSPs expected to back calls for IndyRef2ITV News Iain Macwhirter: Collison course is truly on the cardsHerald Scotland Sturgeon says May's Brexit timescale matches referendum planThe Guardian -The Courier -Daily Mail all 226 news articles »
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Brexit Has An Official Start Date
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Gordon Brown: 'Holyrood should gain Brexit powers' - BBC News
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BBC News Gordon Brown: 'Holyrood should gain Brexit powers' BBC News Gordon Brown is to set out a "third option" for Scotland's future, based on more powers being transferred to Holyrood after Brexit. The former prime minister will suggest the Scottish government be given the power to set VAT rates and sign ... Nicola Sturgeon blinks first in battle with Theresa May over independence referendum Nicola Sturgeon to warn PM against blocking second independence voteBelfast Telegraph Independence Day: Scotland prepares for a sequelFinancial Times The Courier -STV News -Herald Scotland -South Wales Argus all 468 news articles »
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Scotch Eggsit? Rebranding the referendum - BBC News
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BBC News Scotch Eggsit? Rebranding the referendum BBC News A second Scottish independence referendum appears more likely than ever, with the Scottish government pressing for a vote sometime in the next two years. But within the debate over when and if there should be a vote, there are also divisions over what ... Nicola Sturgeon's indyref2 move is a gung-ho losing gambitThe Courier Brexit, Scottish independence and arguments from first principleFinancial Times Prime Minister warned Scotland 'will have a referendum'STV News The Guardian -Evening Standard -The Independent all 1,574 news articles »
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Scotland to Seek Second Independence Referendum
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she plans to seek approval to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence before the U.K. exits the European Union, expected in early 2019.
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Scotland's Sturgeon Seeks Second Independence Referendum
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday said she plans to seek approval to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence before the U.K. exits the European Union.
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Nicola Sturgeon's last-ditch bid to derail Brexit if Scotland is not offered special treatment in negotiations -
Google News - about 1 month Nicola Sturgeon's last-ditch bid to derail Brexit if Scotland is not offered special treatment in negotiations Nicola Sturgeon will threaten to derail Brexit by setting out plans for a second independence referendum unless Theresa May offers Scotland a special deal. The Scottish First Minister could name the date she intends to hold a new referendum as early as ... Report: Sturgeon seeking to 'derail' Brexit with new Scottish independence voteBelfast Telegraph Brexit alone will not decide a second Scottish referendum – but its perceived economic impact mayEUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog) Kezia Dugdale can't save Scottish Labour when idiot Jeremy Corbyn is wrecking the partyThe Scottish Sun BBC News -International Business Times UK -The Sun -The Scotsman all 103 news articles »
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Scottish leader hints at 2018 for second referendum
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned she is not "bluffing" over the prospect of holding a second independence referendum in 2018.
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  • 2016
    Age 45
    Sturgeon does not have any children. In 2016 she disclosed that she had a miscarriage in 2011.
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    On 28 June 2016 Sturgeon made it clear that her motion to begin discussions with the EU (for Scotland to remain in the European Union) did not constitute a proposal for a second referendum on independence. "I am emphatically not asking parliament to endorse that step today.
    More Details Hide Details A vote on this motion is not a vote for a referendum on independence." However, her statements indicated that she had parliamentary authority to explore "options" for keeping Scotland in the EU, "including independence". Sturgeon has campaigned for Scottish independence and against replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system. She has been a critic of austerity, saying that the UK government's "austerity economics" is "morally unjustifiable and economically unsustainable".
    Scottish Secretary David Mundell stated, on 26 June 2016, that "if the people of Scotland ultimately determine that they want to have another independence referendum there will be one", implying that the British Government wouldn't prevent another independence referendum.
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    In response to the result, on 24 June 2016, the Scottish Government said officials would begin planning for a second independence referendum.
    More Details Hide Details Sturgeon claimed that it was "clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union" and that Scotland had "spoken decisively" with a "strong, unequivocal" vote to remain in the European Union. Sturgeon said it is "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland could be taken out of the EU "against its will." On 24 June, during a press conference, Sturgeon said she would communicate to all EU member states that Scotland had voted to stay in the EU. An emergency Scottish cabinet meeting on 25 June agreed that the Scottish Government would seek to enter negotiations with the EU and its member states, to explore options to protect Scotland’s place in the EU." Sturgeon later said that while she believed in Scottish independence, her starting point in these discussions was to protect Scotland's relationship with the EU. May's comments confirmed that the PM wanted the Scottish government to be "fully engaged" in the process.
    Sturgeon contested her first election as SNP leader at the 2016 election.
    More Details Hide Details The SNP fell two seats short of securing a second consecutive overall majority. Nonetheless, with 63 seats, the SNP was still by far the largest party in the chamber. The Conservatives saw a significant increase in support and displaced the Labour Party as the second largest party at the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Greens won six seats on the regional list and overtook the Liberal Democrats, who remained on five seats. Sturgeon was formally nominated for a second term on 17 May, defeating Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie by a vote of 63 to 5, with 59 members abstaining. The UK Government held a referendum to decide the future of the United Kingdom's European Union membership in which all 32 council areas in Scotland voted by a majority for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the EU. 62% of Scottish voters voted to remain a member of the EU, with 38% voting to leave. Overall 52% of voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, with 48% voting to remain. England and Wales voted to leave the EU.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    On 4 April 2015, a leaked memo from the Scotland Office alleged that Sturgeon privately told the French ambassador Sylvie Bermann that she would "rather see David Cameron remain as PM".
    More Details Hide Details This was in contrast to her publicly stated opposition to a Conservative Government on the run up to the election. The memo was quickly denied by both Sturgeon and the French consulate. It was later noted that the memo had contained a disclaimer that parts of the conversation may have been "lost in translation" and its release had been ordered by then Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael. The scandal of the leak to the Daily Telegraph became known as 'Frenchgate'. Sturgeon stated that Carmichael had "engaged in dirty tricks" and that he should consider his position as an MP.
    Sturgeon took part in several Scottish and UK wide TV election debates on the run up to the 2015 general election and according to opinion polls was regarded to have had a successful performance.
    More Details Hide Details Though she did not stand for election, the SNP went on to win a landslide victory in Scotland, winning 56 out of 59 seats.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    On 20 November 2014, she was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and therefore granted the title, 'The Right Honourable'.
    More Details Hide Details On 21 November, she unveiled her Cabinet with a 50/50 gender balance, promoting Finance Secretary John Swinney to become her Deputy First Minister. Sturgeon has attempted to take a more conciliatory tone than Salmond. For instance, during her first First Minister's Questions after being sworn in, she said that she came into her new post "with an open mind and a willingness to hear proposals from all sides of the chamber."
    On 19 November 2014, Alex Salmond formally resigned as First Minister of Scotland with the election for the new First Minister taking place the following day on the 20th November 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Both Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives stood for election. Nicola Sturgeon received 66 votes, Ruth Davidson received 15 and there were 39 abstentions. She was formally sworn into office before a panel of 15 senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh the following day, after which she presided over her first session of First Minister's Questions as First Minister.
    Sturgeon was formally acclaimed as the first female Leader of the Scottish National Party on 14 November 2014 at the Autumn Conference in Perth, with Hosie as her depute.
    More Details Hide Details This also effectively made her First Minister in waiting, given the SNP's absolute majority in the Scottish Parliament. In her first speech as leader, Sturgeon said that it was "the privilege of her life" to lead the party she joined as a teenager.
    On 24 September 2014, Sturgeon officially launched her campaign bid to succeed Salmond as Leader of the Scottish National Party at the November leadership election.
    More Details Hide Details A huge number of SNP figures publicly backed Sturgeon's campaign, and it quickly became apparent that no other candidate would be able to receive enough required nominations to run a credible leadership campaign. During the speech launching her campaign, Sturgeon announced that she would resign as Depute Leader, triggering a concurrent depute leadership election; the MSPs Angela Constance and Keith Brown and the MP Stewart Hosie all nominated themselves to succeed Sturgeon as Depute Leader. Stewart Hosie was elected depute leader with 55% of the vote. Nominations for the SNP leadership closed on 15 October, with Sturgeon confirmed as the only candidate. This left her poised to take the leadership unopposed at its Autumn Conference in November. On this date, Sturgeon also came out on top in a trust rating opinion poll, which indicated that 54% of the Scottish population trusted her to "stand up for Scotland's interests". After being confirmed as the only candidate, Sturgeon launched a tour of Scotland, visiting SNP members in different cities outlining her vision for Scotland.
    On 19 September 2014, independence was rejected in the Scottish independence referendum, with 55.3% of the voters voting no and 44.7% voting yes.
    More Details Hide Details Following the defeat of the Yes Scotland campaign, Alex Salmond announced his resignation as First Minister and Leader of the SNP. Sturgeon immediately announced that she would be a candidate in the election to replace him, and received huge support from the SNP hierarchy. Sturgeon claimed that there would be "no greater privilege" than to lead the SNP. On Salmond's resignation, Sturgeon said: The personal debt of gratitude I owe Alex is immeasurable. He has been my friend, mentor and colleague for more than 20 years. Quite simply, I would not have been able to do what I have in politics without his constant advice, guidance and support through all these years. Alex's announcement today inevitably raises the question of whether I will be a candidate to succeed him as SNP leader. I can think of no greater privilege than to seek to lead the party I joined when I was just 16. However, that decision is not for today. My priority this weekend, after a long and hard campaign, is to get some rest and spend time with my family. I also want the focus over the next few days to be on the outstanding record and achievements of the finest First Minister Scotland has had.
    Following the defeat of the "Yes" campaign in the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum, Alex Salmond announced that he would be resigning as party leader at the SNP party conference that November, and would resign as First Minister after a new leader was chosen.
    More Details Hide Details No one else was nominated for the post by the time nominations closed on 15 October, leaving Sturgeon to take the party leadership unopposed at the SNP's annual conference on 14 November. She was formally elected to succeed Salmond as First Minister on 19 November. In 2016, Forbes magazine ranked Sturgeon as the 50th most powerful woman in the world in 2016 and 2nd in the United Kingdom. Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon was born in Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 19 July 1970. She is the eldest of three daughters born to Robin Sturgeon (born 1948), an electrician, and Joan Kerr Sturgeon (Ferguson, 1952), a dental nurse. Her family has some roots in North East England; her paternal grandmother was from Ryhope in what is now the City of Sunderland.
  • 2010
    Age 39
    They announced their engagement on 29 January 2010, and were married on 16 July 2010 at Òran Mór in Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother Joan is the SNP Provost of North Ayrshire council, where she has been councillor for the Irvine East ward since 2007. Sturgeon is a fan of the Danish political drama Borgen, which she has described as "a drama but with an authentic twist. As a politician I can relate to it." In February 2013 she interviewed Sidse Babett Knudsen, the actress who played fictional prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in the series for STV's Scotland Tonight when the second series finale was screened at the Edinburgh Filmhouse to promote its DVD release. Sturgeon is a fan of Scottish Championship football club Ayr United F.C.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    In the position she saw through party pledges such as scrapping prescription charges and reversing A&E closures, she also became accredited internationally for her handling of the 2009 flu pandemic.
    More Details Hide Details She was supported in this role by Shona Robison MSP, the Minister for Public Health and Sport, and by Alex Neil MSP, the Minister for Housing and Communities. At the 2011 election, the SNP won a landslide victory and achieved a large overall majority. Sturgeon was retained as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing until a reshuffle one year later, when she was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities and an additional role overseeing the referendum on Scottish independence, essentially putting her in charge of the SNP's referendum campaign. In December 2012, at Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, Sturgeon launched the Caledonian MacBrayne hybrid vessel MV Hallaig. Sturgeon said at this time that she believed that independence would allow Scotland to build a stronger and more competitive country, and would change spending priorities to address "the scandal of soaring poverty in a country as rich as Scotland".
  • 2007
    Age 36
    As Salmond was still an MP in the House of Commons, Sturgeon led the SNP at the Scottish Parliament until the 2007 election, when Salmond was able to be elected as an MSP.
    More Details Hide Details As leader of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament, Sturgeon became a high-profile figure in Scottish politics and often clashed with First Minister Jack McConnell at First Minister's Questions. This included rows over the House of Commons' decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapon system, and the SNP's plans to replace council tax in Scotland with a local income tax. Sturgeon defeated Gordon Jackson with a 4.7% swing to the SNP in the 2007 election in Glasgow Govan. The election resulted in a hung parliament, with the SNP the largest party by a single seat; the SNP subsequently formed a minority government. Sturgeon was appointed as the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing by First Minister Alex Salmond.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    The results of the leadership contest were announced on 3 September 2004, with Salmond and Sturgeon elected as Leader and Depute Leader respectively.
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    On 24 June 2004, Sturgeon announced that she would also be a candidate in the forthcoming election for the leadership, with Kenny MacAskill as her running mate.
    More Details Hide Details However, Salmond later announced that he did intend to stand for the leadership; Sturgeon subsequently withdrew from the contest and declared her support for Salmond, standing instead as his running mate for the depute leadership. It was reported that Salmond had privately supported Sturgeon in her leadership bid, but decided to run for the position himself as it became apparent she was unlikely to beat Cunningham. The majority of the SNP hierarchy lent their support to the Salmond-Sturgeon bid for the leadership, although MSP Alex Neil backed Salmond as leader, but refused to endorse Sturgeon as depute.
    Both were subsequently elected, and as Salmond was still an MP in the House of Commons, Sturgeon led the SNP in the Scottish Parliament from 2004 to 2007, when Alex Salmond was elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 2007 election.
    More Details Hide Details The SNP won the highest number of seats in the Scottish Parliament following the 2007 election, and Alex Salmond was subsequently appointed First Minister of Scotland. He appointed Sturgeon as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. She was later appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities in 2012.
    In 2004 she announced that she would stand as a candidate for the leadership of the SNP following the resignation of John Swinney.
    More Details Hide Details However she later withdrew from the contest in favour of Alex Salmond, standing instead as depute (deputy) leader on a joint ticket with Salmond.
  • 1999
    Age 28
    She was Shadow Minister for Children and Education from 1999 to 2000, Shadow Minister for Health and Community Care from 2000 to 2003, and Shadow Minister for Justice from 2003 to 2004. She also served as a member of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and the Health and Community Care Committee. On 22 June 2004, John Swinney resigned as Leader of the SNP following poor results in the European Parliament election.
    More Details Hide Details His then-depute, Roseanna Cunningham, immediately announced her intention to stand for the leadership. The previous leader, Alex Salmond, announced at the time that he would not stand.
    Sturgeon stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in the first Scottish Parliament election in 1999 as the SNP candidate for Glasgow Govan.
    More Details Hide Details Although she failed to win the seat, she was placed first in the SNP's regional list for the Glasgow region, and was thus elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament. During the first term of the Scottish Parliament, Sturgeon served as a member of the Shadow Cabinets of both Alex Salmond and John Swinney.
    A law graduate of the University of Glasgow, Sturgeon worked as a solicitor in Glasgow. She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, and served successively as the SNP's shadow minister for education, health and justice.
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  • 1997
    Age 26
    The 1997 general election saw Sturgeon selected to fight the Glasgow Govan seat for the SNP.
    More Details Hide Details Boundary changes meant that the notional Labour majority in the seat had increased substantially. However, infighting between the two rival candidates for the Labour nomination, Mohammed Sarwar and Mike Watson, along with an energetic local campaign, resulted in Glasgow Govan being the only Scottish seat to see a swing away from Labour in the midst of a Labour landslide nationwide. Sarwar did, however, win the seat with a majority of 2,914 votes. Shortly after this, Sturgeon was appointed as the SNP's spokesperson for energy and education matters.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    She first stood for election in the 1992 general election as the SNP candidate in the Glasgow Shettleston constituency, and was the youngest parliamentary candidate in Scotland, failing to win the seat.
    More Details Hide Details Sturgeon also stood unsuccessfully as the SNP candidate for the Irvine North ward on Cunninghame District Council in May 1992, for the Baillieston/Mount Vernon ward on Strathclyde Regional Council in 1994, and for the Bridgeton ward on Glasgow City Council in 1995. In the mid 1990s, Sturgeon and Charles Kennedy went together on a political study visit to Australia. Sturgeon recalled that she and Kennedy 'skived off' to watch Trainspotting in a Melbourne cinema, where they received very strange looks from other members of the audience for 'uproariously laughing'. She believed this was due to the fact that they were the only two Scots in the audience and were therefore the only ones able to understand the jokes.
  • 1986
    Age 15
    Sturgeon joined the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1986, having already become a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and quickly became their Youth Affairs Vice Convener and Publicity Vice Convener.
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  • 1975
    Age 4
    Sturgeon grew up in Prestwick and Dreghorn. She attended Dreghorn Primary School from 1975 to 1982 and Greenwood Academy from 1982 to 1988.
    More Details Hide Details She later studied at the University of Glasgow, where she read Law. Sturgeon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in 1992 and a Diploma in Legal Practice the following year. During her time at Glasgow University she was active as a member of the Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association and the students' representative council. Following her graduation, Sturgeon completed her legal traineeship at McClure Naismith, a Glasgow firm of solicitors, in 1995. After qualifying as a solicitor, she worked for Bell & Craig, a firm of solicitors in Stirling, and later at the Drumchapel Law Centre in Glasgow from 1997 until her election to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
  • 1970
    Born on July 19, 1970.
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