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There is real respect for the role world-leading Scotland is aiming to play

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Reading the words of Martin Luther King engraved into the monument which now stands in his honour in Washington DC is a humbling experience. The memorial carries some of his more famous quotations, including this one from 1959. In that year, Dr King said: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for…

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at Georgetown University

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Full video and text of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

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Scotland is an open, welcoming nation, keen to collaborate with others across the globe

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There are less than two months to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, and it beggars belief that the UK Government is still unable to say what our future trading relationship with Europe, or indeed the rest of the world, will look like.

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Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

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One of the most revealing aspects of the period since the Brexit vote is the contrast between the way Ireland has been treated by the EU and the contempt with which Scotland has treated by the Westminster Government.

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It’s time to replace the Tory chaos with a solution

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Theresa May is running away from a vote on her disastrous deal, and kicking the can down the road will no longer work. Yet again, the Tories are putting party ahead of country, and we deserve better.

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Care experienced young people are inspirational and role models for us all

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This week, in Care Leavers’ Week, I’d like to pay tribute to all care experienced young people across Scotland.

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SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to Conference in Glasgow

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Friends, 25 years ago today I sat in another auditorium in this city, listening in awe to the great Nelson Mandela.

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Theresa May must face reality and call a halt to her disastrous Brexit plan

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Theresa May’s only plan for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the so-called ‘Chequers Agreement’, is totally inadequate and completely unworkable.

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We cannot allow Brexit to derail our focus on delivering a better Scotland

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This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead in her Programme for Government speech.

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Nicola Sturgeon to Theresa May: time to set out plan B on Brexit

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Ahead of meeting the Prime Minister in Edinburgh today, the First Minister has demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May sets out her plan B on Brexit. Here’s what Nicola Sturgeon has said in full.

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Final countdown to Glasgow’s ‘festival of sport’ is on

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The one week countdown to Scotland’s biggest sporting event since the 2014 Commonwealth Games is on and it’s a festival of sport happening right here in Glasgow.

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The NHS is an integral part of the fabric of our country and it must always be protected

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Last week the country came together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS – considered by the vast majority of us to be our most precious and cherished institution.

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Theresa May must face down those who would take us over cliff edge

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Tomorrow, at a country house in Buckinghamshire, the latest episode of the farce that passes as policymaking in the Tory party will be played out.

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With the powers of our Parliament under threat, today is a crucial day in the history of devolution

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Today Westminster MPs will vote either to defend the Scottish Parliament or to fundamentally undermine it.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s address to SNP conference in Aberdeen

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Read SNP Leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s address to the SNP conference in Aberdeen.

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An independent Scotland can reject austerity and build a better society

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As delegates head to Aberdeen this Friday for SNP conference, there has been a palpable change in the air in Scottish political debate.

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Independence can help us achieve our ambitions for Scotland

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It’s right that we have a debate on what an independent Scotland could look like and how independence can help us achieve our ambitions for the country.

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Achieving our full potential as an independent nation

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The task ahead for Scotland is to match those other small, successful nations, creating more jobs and raising living standards, providing a better future for everyone who lives here.

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Mental health is just as important as physical health

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon marks Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Scotland can lead the next era of radical technological change

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Scotland is a bold and positive country, rich in history and heritage, but forging ahead in a way that is progressive, pioneering and inclusive.

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Trade with China is booming – we’re working to grow it further

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Six days and three cities later – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong – I am confident that my visit to China was a success.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s UNICEF speech in China

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Read the speech given by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to a joint Scottish Government/UNICEF event in Beijing on children’s rights.

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Our new Income Supplement will help reduce unacceptable levels of poverty

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Nicola Sturgeon sets out how the SNP government is tackling child poverty in Scotland, including through a commitment to a new Income Supplement.

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Theresa May’s flying visit to Scotland just won’t cut it

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Nicola Sturgeon on Theresa May’s flying visit to Scotland to mark one year to go until the UK is set to leave the EU.

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Scottish exports are booming but Brexit threatens our brand

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As our food and drink exports now reach record levels, it has never been more important to protect our worldwide reputation as a producer of excellence in food and drink.

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Nicola Sturgeon speech to the Scottish Women’s Convention

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Read the speech given by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Women’s Convention on the week of International Women’s Day.

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Only Nordic-style deal can protect trade and jobs

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Nicola Sturgeon has called on the Prime Minister to defy Tory hardliners on Brexit, warning that only a Norway-style deal with the EU can deliver on the promise to protect trade and jobs.

Nicola Sturgeon with a wee child at a nursery
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We’re on track to deliver a transformation in childcare provision

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By 2020, the SNP government will provide every single three, four and eligible two year old with 1,140 hours a year of high-quality nursery education.