Results 1–20 of 13558 for speaker:Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (17 Jan 2024)

Nicola Sturgeon: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not connect, but I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Care-experienced People (11 Jan 2024)

Nicola Sturgeon: D oes the First Minister agree that, if we are to keep the Promise, the significant progress that has already been made needs to continue and now intensify? In particular, does he agree that the whole family wellbeing fund is absolutely essential to providing the funding to transform services so that families are better supported and fewer young people need to enter care in the first place?...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: This is my first speech here solely as the MSP for Glasgow Southside. It is also the first programme for government in 17 years that I have not been involved in as either First Minister or Deputy First Minister. To say that my perspective on politics has altered would be something of an understatement. From here, certain things look different—perhaps a bit clearer, in fact—than from in...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: I believe that that is the case right now, but I do not believe that that is inevitably what has to be. That brings me exactly to the point that I wanted to make. The Promise is, and always will be, a mission that is close to my heart. Relevant to the point that the member raises is that, as in so many areas, there is a need to make up for time lost to the pandemic, which is why I welcome and...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: I recognise that. It is why progress needs to be accelerated, which is why I mentioned that point. Another aspect of the programme for government that merits close attention is action to accelerate the green transition, which is essential to safeguarding the planet and building a fairer society. It is also the most important opportunity that we have to achieve sustainable economic growth. I...

Scottish Parliament: Equality within the 2023-24 Programme for Government ( 6 Sep 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: —it is up to us to choose. Will we choose acrimony and stalemate, or will we use the creative tension to drive improvement for all? I hope that, in this term, we will see more of the latter than the former, and I look forward to playing my part in it.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: I begin by wishing Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim community. I think that I am in the very privileged position of having, of any constituency in the country, the highest proportion of Muslims living in my Glasgow Southside constituency. I know that the holy month of Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, and I wish them all the best during it. The issue of SNP members has been well...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: The only character that is being revealed in the chamber today is that of Douglas Ross. Douglas Ross will, no doubt, be a long-standing leader of the Opposition—well, unless his party has something to say about that. As such, he chooses the topics that he raises, which is absolutely right and proper. However, for the people who are watching, let it be noted that, on this, my last appearance...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: Given yesterday’s events in the House of Commons, I do not think that Conservatives should be lecturing anyone about honesty and integrity. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: Before we go any further, if we are to have a debate about party membership figures, perhaps Douglas Ross will answer the question that I posed, on which we are still waiting for an answer: how many members does the Scottish Conservative Party have? Surely he knows. Tell us.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: If Douglas Ross wants to know about collapsing political parties, he should look at the poll about leaders’ favourability ratings that was published this very morning—it does not make happy reading for Douglas Ross. These are not the issues that I would have chosen to ask about today, but Douglas Ross has chosen them. If he wants to talk about priorities, let me point out that I am not...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: On that point, I am not accountable to the House of Commons; I am accountable to the Scottish Parliament. I know that Douglas Ross has difficulty in deciding which Parliament is more important to Scotland, because he has one foot in each, but I know which Parliament is most important to Scotland. It is this one—our Scottish Parliament. Finally, I am proud of the record of the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: That has not been the verdict of the Scottish people at any point during my time as First Minister. As First Minister, I have had eight election victories in eight years—that is the verdict that matters to me. Let us look at my record as First Minister: progressive income tax; the Scottish child payment, which has lifted children out of poverty; the baby box; closing the attainment gap;...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Party Membership (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: — the highest level of school spend per pupil anywhere in the UK; the highest number of teachers per head, with 8 per cent more teachers now than when I became First Minister; free tuition for higher education; and free bus travel for those under 22. I could go on and on, but I am not going to, because this is my last session of First Minister’s question time.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Record (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: I say with the greatest respect that Anas Sarwar is just wrong. Let us look first at some of the institutions that did not even exist when I became First Minister. For example, we have Revenue Scotland, which is making sure that we have the most progressive income tax system anywhere in the United Kingdom. We have Social Security Scotland, which is delivering benefits—including the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Record (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: First, I never claimed to have created the national health service, but what I will claim to have done is help to protect the founding principles of our national health service, because I was the health secretary who abolished prescription charges for everyone in Scotland, which is something that, in all its years in government, Labour had never got round to doing. I also took a hospital that...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Record (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: That was about the Conservatives at Westminster. One of the differences between me and Anas Sarwar is that I do not support Tory government of Scotland, because Scotland does not vote for Conservatives. I have fought three general elections as SNP leader and the SNP has won all of them. At every one, we have heard the same messages from Labour and, at every single one, the people of Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: That is, of course, a matter for the new First Minister. The only thing I know for certain is that I will not be in attendance. I will say more about this in the statement that follows First Minister’s questions. Today marks the third anniversary of lockdown and my thoughts today, as they are at some stage in every single day, are with all those who suffered as a result of Covid. I will...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: What I will absolutely say is that there is much, much more work to do on mental health. One of the things that has changed, certainly since I was a young person and even in the years in which I have been First Minister, is that we have reduced the stigma associated with mental ill health. More people are coming forward for help and treatment, and that is a good thing, but we must make sure...

Scottish Parliament: IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (23 Mar 2023)

Nicola Sturgeon: The evidence has never been clearer than it is now. We are fast running out of time to secure a liveable and sustainable future for the generations to come. The IPCC report must lead to an acceleration of global action to tackle the climate emergency. Scotland is making long-term progress towards net zero, but we are now entering the most challenging part of that journey, which requires truly...


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