Nicola Sturgeon

(Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon)

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon
  • Born: July 19, 1970
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Profession: Politician









Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon is a Scottish politician serving as the fifth and current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) since November 2014. She is the first woman to hold either position. Sturgeon has been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, first as an additional member for the Glasgow electoral region from 1999 to 2007 and as the member for Glasgow Southside since 2007 (known as Glasgow Govan from 2007 to 2011).

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A good education is the most important gift we can give our young people. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A minority government can't govern without support from other parties. Government
American companies based in Scotland employ large numbers of people - in fact, we are the best performing part of the U.K., outside London and the southeast of England when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment.
An independent Scotland could afford pensions full stop - after all, it is our taxes and national insurance contributions that fund them now.
Any politician or campaigner trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public won't get very far.
As a veteran of many campaigns, I know how important it is not let up in the last few days.
As a young woman in politics, with few women around, you start to subconsciously behave like men in politics. That comes across as quite hard, tough and humorless, but you're trying to be taken seriously. Women ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Because of lower life expectancy in Scotland - something that we are working hard to improve - the average woman will get £11,000 less in pension payments than counterparts in the rest of the U.K., even though she will pay exactly the same in contributions. Life
Do I look like one of the most dangerous women in Britain? Come on! Women
Ed Balls has made it crystal clear that, left to its own devices, a Labour government would simply carry on with the same budget policies as the Tories. Government
English businesses would face massive transaction costs if Scotland, their second biggest export market, used a different currency.
Equality and prosperity shouldn't be seen as enemies of each other, but as partners. One reinforces the other. Equality & Equal Opportunity
For me, personally, it has been humbling since I became First Minister to speak to women and girls and have them tell me how much it means to them to have a woman in the top job in politics in Scotland. Women ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
For parents - women in particular - good quality, affordable childcare is vital. Women
For the Scottish government, the practice of having meetings in different parts of the country is well established, but for the U.K. government, it is a much rarer event. Government
Glasgow is a great city.
Governments in countries across the world have a duty to do everything possible to keep the public safe from terrorist attacks.
Haggis is delicious. It is wonderful. It's spicy, it's tasty, and you get vegetarian haggis as well.
I am a believer in people succeeding on merit.
I am a social democrat - I believe in pursuing greater equality and tackling social justice - but... you can't do that unless you have got a strong economy, unless you have got a vibrant business base earning the wealth that makes that possible. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
I am privileged to count many Muslims among my friends - some are amongst my closest friends.
I and Alex Salmond are not in competition - we are on the same side; we are on the same team, working together.
I believe we should support people to live, and I am therefore in favour of good quality palliative care.
I bow to no one in my ambition to see Glasgow be as successful as it possibly can be.
I consider myself a selfie specialist.
I don't cook very often. Actually, I'd go further: I can't cook.
I drove my mum and dad mad. Families, Children & Parenting
I think you should always aim for more.
I thought if people were going to talk about what I wear, wouldn't it be good if they were talking about who designed it, who made it and if that's a Scottish company, so teaming up with Totty Rocks has been fantastic.
I was very proud, on just my second day in office, to appoint a gender-balanced cabinet - one of only three in the developed world.
If Scotland was independent, we'd be the 14th richest country in the developed world.
If there are healthy - and growing - numbers of people working and paying taxes, we are better able to pay the costs of people living longer.
I'm a politician, and as you know, politicians are rarely very funny. Humor
I'm not going to do anything that heralds in a Tory government. Government
In particular, I want to set a challenge to public bodies and private companies to improve gender balance on their own boards.
Instead of an end to austerity, Labour has made clear that it wants to impose more austerity cuts.
It is hard to overstate the economic importance of the U.S.A. to Scotland, and that makes it essential that we engage with companies and potential investors and get the message across that we are open for business. Business, Commerce & Finance
It is one of the little known facts about modern Scottish politics that it is not quite as cut-throat as people think it is. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It still annoys me when I read really derogatory things about how a woman looks because you would usually not read these things about a man, and that still has the potential to put women off public life. Life ;Women
I've never had a voice coach, but I am about to name drop horrendously here: I did once get some advice on how to project my voice from Sean Connery, which was lovely. It's all about where you breathe. That's my claim to fame.
Labour long ago realised it could no longer automatically assume that it would win elections in Glasgow and other places where it has taken people's votes for granted for decades - as we have seen across Scotland at local council and Holyrood elections.
Let us put the normal divisions of politics aside. Let us come together as one country; let us seize this historic moment to shift the balance of power from the corridors of Westminster to the streets and communities of Scotland. Power ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
London has a centrifugal pull on talent, investment and business from the rest of Europe and the world. That brings benefits to the broader U.K. economy. Business, Commerce & Finance
Many hard working people in low paid jobs get housing benefit.
Men - the colour of their tie is the most difficult decision they have to make every day.
Most people would agree that the E.U. is too bureaucratic, not transparent or democratic enough and that it often interferes too much in matters that are best left to national governments.
My early years as a political activist were dominated by the poll tax.
My message is a simple one - the E.U. is not perfect, but Scotland's interests are best served by being a member.
Not once in my life has the Tory Party come anywhere close to winning an election in Scotland, and yet, for more than half my life, we have had a Tory government. That is wrong and undemocratic. Life ;Government
Of course, aid is only one small part of international development. Some of the greatest benefits to the world's poorest can be achieved through policy changes by developed countries.
One of Ed Miliband's shadow ministers has said he would never vote for the renewal of Trident.
One of the attributes Glasgow is best known for all over the world is the friendliness of her people.
One thing we've learned is that there's not anything that Nigel Farage won't blame on foreigners.
Parties that win elections should form the government, not parties that lose elections. Government
People in Scotland don't take too kindly to being lectured by a Tory Chancellor.
Personally, I can think of no greater privilege than to lead the party I joined when I was just 16.
Poverty is on the increase - due to welfare cuts - and demand for food banks has rocketed. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Scotch beef, salmon and shellfish are recognised the world over for their excellence and Scottish provenance. People recognise the Scottish brand. They associate the country with quality food and drink, and clearly other Scottish sectors, such as dairy, can benefit from that, too. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Scotland has a great deal to offer the world in terms of our approach to key economic and social issues.
Scotland has been re-energized, and people all over the country have become involved in - and informed about - politics and government in a way that I have never known before. In short, we have put ourselves firmly in control of our country. Government ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Scotland's relationship with Malawi is perhaps unique - with almost every town or village in Scotland having some connection.
Since I became First Minister, I have made clear my priority to alleviate poverty and tackle inequality in Scotland. Ensuring that everyone can do better in life will not only make Scotland fairer, but it will also make it a more prosperous place. Life
Some of the brightest and best women in our society are stifled in their ambitions. Society ;Women
Sporting success doesn't happen by accident. It takes hard work and determination on the part of the individual athletes. And it also takes investment in facilities and training support. Sports & Athletics ;Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Tax credits are designed to help people who work hard but who, through no fault of their own, don't earn enough to keep their families out of poverty. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Taxing people for having a spare bedroom and forcing them into rent arrears or the possibility of losing homes they have lived in for years has always been a cruel and heartless measure, and so it is good that the Scottish Parliament has been able to step in.
Thatcher was the motivation for my entire political career. I hated everything she stood for.
The debate around the ageing population should, in my view, focus much more on how we grow the active, working population.
The decision on whether there is another referendum is down to the Scottish people.
The fact is Scottish Labour has lost its way.
The fact is that co-operation between independent countries - to our mutual advantage - is the way of the modern world.
The fact that healthier lifestyles and advances in medicine mean that we are living longer is actually something to be celebrated.
The importance of education is ingrained in Scottish history. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
The Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to get people into work. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The Scottish Government's international development work began in 2005 with a £3 million budget focused solely on Malawi, reflecting the historic links between our two countries. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The teachers who taught me at Dreghorn Primary and Greenwood Academy were fantastic.
The total impact of the Tory/Liberal tax, welfare and public spending changes has hit the poorest 10% in society disproportionately hard - and women have been affected even more badly than men. Society ;Women
The U.K. government sets a cap on how much can be spent on discretionary housing payments. Government
The U.K.'s debt belongs legally to Westminster, so Scotland, by definition, can't default on it.
There are lots of jobs and investment in Scotland dependent on our membership of the E.U. single market.
There can be no greater privilege in life than to be chosen to lead your country. Life
There is nothing in your background that inherently holds you back or means you can't achieve what others can achieve. You are the master of your own fate, and if you work hard, you can do what you want. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's nothing in my background that would have said I was destined to be a senior politician.
To every woman out there who thinks that they might like to get involved in politics or stand for parliament, I say go for it. If I can do it, so can you. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Too often in the past, Scotland has been sidelined and ignored in the Westminster corridors of power, but that doesn't have to be the case anymore. Power
Trespass, the outdoor clothing company based in the South Side, is run by two of the nicest guys and proudest Glaswegians you could meet, Afzal and Akmal Khushi.
True gender equality in Scotland - and elsewhere - is still some way off. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Twitter's probably my bad habit.
U.K. welfare cuts are pushing more children into poverty; that is beyond dispute.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, it is possible for other parties to change the direction of a government without bringing a government down. Government
Voting Labour in the past hasn't protected Scotland against Tory governments.
We already know that social security is more affordable in Scotland than it is in the rest of the U.K. - spending on social protection takes up a smaller share of our economic output and our tax revenues than is the case in the U.K. as a whole.
What a war in Iraq will not do is bring about peace in the Middle East or end the injustices that feed resentment and breed terrorists. War & Peace
When I was growing up, I was lucky to benefit from a first class education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training