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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…

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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.