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#SP2021 – SNP on the trail of women’s votes

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Nicola Sturgeon will urge women to give both votes to the SNP on 6 May. On Friday she highlights plans to support women as Scotland recovers from COVID.Campaigning in Glasgow today, the SNP Leader...

#SP6 – Nicola Sturgeon address to SNP membership

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SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has delivered a message to the SNP conference as part of the SNP's 2021 election campaign asking Scotland to return her and her government to Holyrood.In her speech she reminds...

Vote of no confidence in the First Minister defeated in The Scottish Parliament

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The leader of the Scottish Conservatives at Holyrood, Ruth Davidson MSP made one of her last speeches in the parliament calling for the resignation of First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.Following an emotive afternoon - on...

Hamilton report published today – finding no breach by the First Minister

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The Irish barrister James Hamilton was charged with investigating whether First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had breached the Ministerial Code.Specifically he was asked to examine if Ms Sturgeon had misled the parliament "in respect of meetings...

Coronavirus – First Minister’s statement in full

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon addressed MSPs in The Scottish Parliament this afternoon with a major announcement on likely dates in the weeks and months ahead which will be key on the path out...

Coronavirus – the next steps out of lockdown

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The First Minister set out the path out of lockdown today at Holyrood in an address to MSPs following a Cabinet meeting this morning.The relaxations are naturally all dependent on rolling out vaccines and...

First Minister appears at Holyrood before Harassment Committee

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is appearing before the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints committee today.She is to offer her evidence under oath in the government investigation into the way complaints...

Letter from Scotland

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Much of the country has had at least a dusting of snow as Storm Christoph blew in from the west. It fell on a weary nation forced to extend its Covid-19 Lockdown till mid-February,...

New Year message from the First Minister

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In her end of year message it is not surprising that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon focused on pandemics and the people of Scotland.Ms Sturgeon said: “This Hogmanay, as we look forward to...

Christmas message from the First Minister

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It is traditional for political leaders to issue a festive message. We have probably heard the First Minister talking more this year than any other politician at daily coronavirus briefings televised on the BBC...

Coronavirus – celebrate Christmas safely

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Having said The Scottish Government would do so today at the media briefing, the First Minister has issued guidance on how Scots might approach Christmas celebrations this year.Ms Sturgeon joined with the leaders of...

Coronavirus – Scottish Government issues stricter new nationwide guidelines

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The Scottish Government has announced the daily update on Scottish cases of coronavirus as at today, 22 September 2020:383 new cases of COVID-19 reported; this is 7.6% of newly tested individuals. 1 new reported death(s) of people who have tested...

Happy Birthday messages for the First Minister

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Today is First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's 50th birthday and we send her our best wishes.For those of you who would like to, there is a Clap for Nicola event at 8pm this evening...

First Minister to announce route map today – but moving out of lockdown will...

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will provide details of The Scottish Government’s 'routemap' setting out a phased approach to easing Covid-19 restrictions while still suppressing the virus.The guidance will have details of a four...

Letter from Scotland

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Outside my house the cherry tree has suddenly burst forth in white blossom. It does this every year, whether there’s a coronavirus emergency or not.And it reminds me that life goes on despite...

First Minister makes referral to independent advisers

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Following the settlement of the action for Judicial Review raised by former First Minister Alex Salmond against the Scottish Government, it emerged that he had several calls and meetings with Nicola Sturgeon. In order...

First Minister says Neil Lennon conducted himself with ‘great dignity’

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  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Hibs' Head Coach Neil Lennon conducted himself with 'great dignity' at the press conference after he was struck by a coin during the Edinburgh derby on 31st October.Lennon...

Scotland Women heading to World Cup in France

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The Scotland Women’s National Team made history in Albania last month as they qualified for their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals in Head Coach Shelley Kerr’s first campaign in charge. Goals from Kim...

Great support for the #bookwumman and Streetreads

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At the relaunch of Streetreads yesterday we met some distinguished authors and readers. That well known booklover, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon told me she is reading the latest Ian Rankin book at the...

Nicola Sturgeon to use her conference speech to highlight need for optimism

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Addressing delegates at the SNP Conference in Glasgow today (Tuesday), SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon will say that optimism and hope are needed more than ever, in the face of “unfolding calamity” at Westminster.The First...

Scots’ stars praise government funding for SWNT players to train full-time

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Two of the Scotland Women’s squad who made history by qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup believe  that Scottish Government funding will make all the difference to the team, as they prepare...

Holyrood is back to business with a new programme

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On Tuesday 4 September The Scottish Government will publish its programme for the new session and the new year of parliament.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wants the government to focus on improving public...

First Minister leading business delegation to Berlin today

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is heading up a delegation of business representatives which is going to Berlin today. 12 companies are sending delegates. All of them are looking to either start business relationships...

First Minister heads to Brussels

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The First Minister will be in Brussels tomorrow for a variety of engagements including a meeting with the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and to open Scotland House which has been expanded.Ms Sturgeon...

Letter from Scotland

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If Rabbie could see us now he would be more than a little scunnered. Here we are squabbling over which flag should be flown on the Queen’s birthday and which songs are sectarian and...

Sturgeon opens conference in Edinburgh

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened a conference attended by some of the world's leading economists in Edinburgh earlier today explaining some of the economic challenges Scotland faces.Talking to the audience of Nobel laureates, scholars,...

Letter from Scotland

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It was the week of the Great Relaunch last week.Not since the launching of the Great Michael in 1511 has Scotland set out on a more audacious project.  Launching  her “most ambitious plans ever”...

First Minister and Tina Brown at Beyond Borders

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It is not an easy challenge for a politician to turn from answering questions to becoming the interrogator, but at Beyond Borders, the annual literary and political festival held at Traquair House at Innerleithen...

First Minister turns the tables on Women in the World’s Tina Brown

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will interview journalist and equalities champion Tina Brown at this year’s Beyond Borders festival on Sunday.The interview follows former Tatler and Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown interviewing the First Minister...

First Minister’s expenses for US trip released

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The First Minister's trip to the US interested The Edinburgh Reporter, particularly the second half of it, as she arrived in New York when I was already there for Tartan Week.I had the opportunity...

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