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Nicola Sturgeon’s address to #SNP20 conference

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“As an independent country, we can be decision-makers, partners, bridge-builders. And we have a right, if a majority of us want it, to choose that future.”

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Nicola Sturgeon’s opening address to #SNP20 conference

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Nicola Sturgeon opening remarks to the SNP’s first ever virtual conference.

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Tackling child poverty is a key priority for the Scottish Government

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In the midst of our concerted response to the pandemic, and the hardship and sorrow it has brought, we must do all we can to tackle the poverty and inequality that still exist in 21st century Scotland.

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This is tough but we can be optimistic that science will get us out of this pandemic

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We can hold to the belief that love and solidarity – albeit with a lot of help from science – we will get us through this. And that soon we will be looking back on it, not living through it.

Nicola Sturgeon delivering a speech in Bute House with the EU and Scottish Flags behind.
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Scotland will always uphold international law

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In the midst of this emergency, which more than ever demands international co-operation, Scotland is having to cope with the prospect of another crisis — leaving the Brexit transition period at the end of the year with either a thin agreement on a future relationship or no deal at all.

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Every person in Scotland has played their part in this national endeavour

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Scotland’s key workers – especially in our NHS and social care services, but also including our supermarket staff, police officers, cleaners, delivery drivers and those working in public transport – have all worked day and night to keep the country safe and moving.

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We must take a careful and cautious approach as we get through this crisis together

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The challenge for us now is to continue to suppress the virus whilst also moving towards a gradual lifting of restrictions.

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Easing out of lockdown needs to be done one step at a time

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As we slowly lift restrictions, we must rigorously monitor the spread of the virus, and ensure we don’t undo the progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve by allowing it to run out of control again.

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We are making progress suppressing Covid-19 – but we are not out of danger

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The restrictions are working – and your cooperation in staying at home, except for essential purposes, is reducing the numbers of people becoming seriously ill and it is saving lives.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s address to the nation

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On Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon updated the nation on Scotland’s plan to tackle the coronavirus – stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.

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Easing the lockdown now would be catastrophic

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If we were to do that, we would risk lives and lose all the progress we’ve made so far, potentially causing a dangerous second spike of the virus. That is a risk we cannot afford to take.

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If we keep doing the right things, there is a way through

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Our central objective must continue to be suppressing COVID-19 and minimising its damage in health terms but, if possible, with a better balance.

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This is our chance to build a better Scotland together

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Our challenge is to find a way to live alongside the virus while continuing to suppress it as we’re finding the “new normal”.

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If you are suffering hardship, help is available

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We are truly in unprecedented times. It is difficult to comprehend the huge life changes we have all been asked to make in just a matter of weeks.

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Coronavirus: you can make a difference

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We can all play our part in stepping up the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Let’s ensure those in our communities who need our support most are not left to cope alone.

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Our new budget will improve the lives people across Scotland

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The Scottish budget is without a doubt progressive and focused on what matters for Scotland. It will support the delivery of ambitious policies which will improve the lives people across Scotland now and help us safeguard the planet for the generations to come.

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Scotland can lead the transition to the decarbonised age

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In Scotland we are serious about the net zero challenge and our ambitions are backed by strong investment.

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We are asking our friends in Europe to leave a light on for Scotland

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At 11pm tonight, Scotland will cease to be part of the EU after almost half a century. That is a moment of profound sadness for me, and for countless others across Scotland, and indeed the rest of the UK.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s statement on Scotland’s future

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As the great Nelson Mandela said – ‘It always seems impossible until it is done’. In Scotland I believe we are on the cusp of such a moment.

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Nicola Sturgeon looks to the year ahead

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The start of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to look ahead and think about what sort of country we want Scotland to be.

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We’re working to build a better nation

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The start of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to look ahead and think about what sort of country we want Scotland to be by 2030.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s statement on Scotland’s right to choose

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Nicola Sturgeon has set out the next steps in Scotland’s right to choose its own future.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s statement to the Scottish Parliament

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Later this week I will publish the detailed democratic case for a transfer of power from Westminster to this Parliament to allow for an independence referendum that is beyond legal challenge.

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It’s time to decide our own future

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The people of Scotland have spoken – it is time to decide our own future.

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Tomorrow we can put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands

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I am asking people to look ahead – not just to the next few weeks, but towards the future we all want to see for Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s speech on St Andrew’s Day

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It seems right that on this, the day of Scotland’s patron saint, we ask ourselves how we can build that better, fairer Scotland that we know is possible.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Manifesto launch speech

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People in Scotland have the right to consider an alternative future. A future with Scotland as an equal partner with our closest friends in the rest of the UK and with the EU.

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I’d never press the nuclear button – here’s why

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It’s absurd that a willingness to kill millions is now seen as a virility test for leadership, and I want no part.