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It is time to get rid of Boris Johnson’s government once and for all

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Last week, Boris Johnson lost six House of Commons votes in as many days. He then ripped up the rule book and shut Parliament down – all to avoid scrutiny.

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The 2014 independence referendum changed Scotland for the better

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The referendum of September 2014 changed Scotland – and I believe it transformed our country fundamentally for the better.

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In these dark days for democracy, Scotland must find another way

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Last week will go down in history as one of the darkest times for British democracy, as Boris Johnson pressed ahead with plans to shut down Parliament in a blatant attempt to force through an extreme hard-Brexit.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s speech on the Programme for Government

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This programme sets out actions for the next 12 months which will make a difference for years to come. It details measures which can help make our country the best in the world in which to grow up, learn, work and live.

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Yesterday was a dark day for democracy in the UK

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Boris Johnson’s bid to shut down Parliament to force through a No-deal Brexit is an outrageous assault on basic democratic principles.

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The SNP is taking action to protect shipbuilding on the Clyde

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There’s no doubt that the shape and scale of manufacturing has changed in recent years, but Scotland still has an industry to be proud of and it is essential that we do all we can to support it and enable it to reach its full potential.

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Brexit has created a democratic crisis

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Brexit has already created a democratic crisis, and there is no doubt that a no-deal Brexit will also create an economic crisis. And the Prime Minister will not be able to say that no one warned him.

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The Scottish Parliament has changed Scotland for the better – independence is the next step

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This year marks two decades since the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament. In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion about the campaign for devolution, the progress made since 1999, and, of course, what might come next in Scotland’s journey.

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‘We’ve made a real difference’ – Nicola Sturgeon reflects on 20 years of devolution

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Throughout the last 20 years – and this is to the credit of all the parties in the parliament – that institution has worked to make a difference to the lives of people across Scotland.

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Scotland can have a brighter future as an independent nation

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Despite the Tories losing every election in Scotland since the 1950s, it is the membership of that party alone that will decide who will be Prime Minister.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at the Law Society of Scotland

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“Wouldn’t Scotland be better with the ability to take our own decisions? Isn’t that the best way of building a genuine partnership of equals in these islands?”

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces £1m Good Food Futures programme

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The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh provides an excellent showcase of modern rural life in Scotland. It is also a welcome chance to celebrate the success of one of our most important economic sectors – food and drink.

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It’s time for Scotland to consider its options

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Whoever is in Downing Street, and whatever disastrous Brexit policy they pursue, one thing is clear – there must be an alternative choice for Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s EU manifesto launch address

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This SNP manifesto sets out a positive, progressive, European future for Scotland. It makes clear our determination to stay in the EU. It sets out how we will stand up for Scotland in Europe.

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Scotland can be proud of our action on climate change – and we must do more and go further

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Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the world – there is no ‘planet B’. Our obligations to the next generation are the most important we carry – let’s make sure Scotland lives up to fulfilling them.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s EU election launch address

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For independent countries of Scotland’s size, being a member of the EU means a seat at the top table, a voice to promote our national interests and the status of an equal partner in a collective of independent states.

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Scotland’s future should be decided by us, not for us

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The UK as we knew it no longer exists. Change is happening – the question for Scotland is what kind of change do we want to see.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s address to conference

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“Let us build that fairer nation, and let Scotland – an independent Scotland – play our part in building the better world that we know is possible.” Read Nicola Sturgeon’s full #SNP19 speech here.

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It is time to look to Scotland’s future, with confidence in the potential of our country and all those who live here

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It is time to look to Scotland’s future. Let us do so, together, with confidence in the potential of our country and all those who live here.

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Scotland should be a thriving and driving force within the EU

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One of the greatest ironies of the UK’s attempts to leave the EU in a quest to ‘take back control’ is that we have instead seen the power that small, independent countries actually have within the EU.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s open letter to EU citizens living in Scotland

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Scotland is your home, you are welcome here, and you are valued. You play a crucial role in Scotland’s economy and public services. You are a vital part of Scotland not just for the skills and talent you bring to our country but also the diversity and richness you bring to our culture and communities.

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Tourism is one of Scotland’s key industries – but Tory visa plans could be catastrophic

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Recent statistics have shown that record numbers are visiting Scotland’s historic sights. However, a significant proportion of people working in the industry are EU citizens – over 11% – so leaving the EU is a huge threat to the strength of the sector’s workforce.

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The people of Scotland deserve the chance to choose a better future than Tory Brexit chaos

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This past week was one of the most extraordinary in UK political history. And it was one which showed, beyond all doubt, that Scotland’s needs are being totally ignored by Westminster.

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Nicola Sturgeon: We must listen to the voice of the next generation on climate change

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Climate change is the most serious issue facing the world and is a truly global challenge. We have a moral responsibility to do what we can to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change for future generations.

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Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at the Scottish Parliament debate on Brexit

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This motion is a further attempt to propose a way forward. It provides the basis – even at this late hour – for a more sensible and less damaging approach.

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Scotland can choose a different path, and create a more equal and prosperous country

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As Brexit chaos continues at Westminster, and as the UK Government fails to deliver any domestic policy agenda worthy of the name, the Scottish Government is getting on with the job of delivering policies which will make a real difference to people’s lives.

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Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May must rule out a disastrous no-deal Brexit

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With now less than 1,000 hours until the date that Brexit is supposed to happen, the UK is dangerously close to the national economic crisis that crashing out of the EU without a deal would undoubtedly cause.

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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…