The SNP oppose Trident renewal whilst Labour abstain

Leading today’s SNP debate in Westminster on Trident renewal, Brendan O’Hara MP speaks about the party’s clear opposition to the immoral, obscene and redundant nuclear weapons system.


A remarkable 12 months

Many congratulations to The National on its first anniversary.

Having just marked my own first year in office as First Minister, it’s fitting for me to pass on sincere birthday greetings.


Scotland and the European question

The debate on the UK's position in Europe is about to become an all-consuming issue. Writing in The World in 2016 special edition for The Economist, Nicola Sturgeon says demand for another independence referendum could be unstoppable.


Nicola Sturgeon: I'm just getting started

One year ago, as I was honoured to accept the nomination from the Scottish Parliament to be First Minister. I said that day that my job was to be a First Minister for all of Scotland, regardless of politics or point of view, and I have held to that promise.


One Year: In Pictures

This week marks a year since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister of Scotland. See some of her favourite moments of the last 12 months below.




Aye welcome refugees

Helping the homeless people on our streets and helping those who are suffering unimaginable tragedies in their home countries are not mutually exclusive. It is not a choice between one or the other.


Statement to Parliament on Paris attacks

Presiding Officer,

It is with great sadness that I move this motion.

The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have caused shock and grief around the world. Today, we mourn the innocent victims – at least 129 of them -  who lost their lives. We hope for the recovery of all of those who were injured. And we send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of those affected.


Nicola Sturgeon: We stand side by side with France

Our thoughts, prayers and solidarity are with the people of Paris and France after this unspeakably awful and deeply shocking event.  This year France has had to bear more than any country should be expected to and the Scottish Government stands ready to help in any way we can.


One Year On

On 19 November 2014 I was privileged to stand up in the Scottish Parliament and accept the nomination to become First Minister of Scotland.

At that time, I said my intention was to be a First Minister for all of Scotland – regardless of politics or point of view – and to work tirelessly to build a more prosperous, fairer and better society.

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