45 Facts About Nicola Sturgeon

1. Nicola Sturgeon seeks alliance with Jeremy Corbyn to stop no-deal Brexit.

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2. Nicola Sturgeon reveals she will announce new independence plan in 'not too distant future'.

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3. Nicola Sturgeon has said SNP MPs will vote against the Prime Minister's EU withdrawal plan, and she hopes to sit down this week with Labour and others to formulate an alternative.

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4. Nicola Sturgeon 'preparing to call second independence referendum this year'.

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5. Nicola Sturgeon insists MPs should not be 'blackmailed' as Brexit rebellion mounts.

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6. Nicola Sturgeon has said she will reject any Brexit deal from the UK Government short of retaining permanent membership of the single market and the customs union.

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7. Nicola Sturgeon has said the UK Government is risking a disastrous Brexit by promising all things to all people.

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8. Nicola Sturgeon says 'nobody should have to suffer like Neil Lennon' after Edinburgh derby coin-attack row.

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9. In an interview with BBC's Women's Hour, Nicola Sturgeon revealed that it was Margaret Thatcher that inspired her to enter politics, because, due to rising unemployment in Scotland at the time, she developed "a strong feeling that it was wrong for Scotland to be governed by a Tory government that we hadn't elected".

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10. Nicola Sturgeon lives in Glasgow with her husband, Peter Murrell, who is the current chief executive of the SNP.

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11. Nicola Sturgeon won the Scottish Politician of the Year Award in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

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12. Nicola Sturgeon has campaigned against replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

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13. Nicola Sturgeon used her speech of the parliament to highlight the "long tradition of co-operation" between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, stating that this was "even more important" since the British vote to withdraw from the European Union.

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14. In 2016, Nicola Sturgeon was invited to address the Seanad Eireann, the upper house of the Parliament of the Republic of Ireland, making her the first serving head of government in the world to address the Seanad Eireann.

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15. Nicola Sturgeon met with Niels Annen, Minister of State of the Federal Foreign Office, marking the first meeting between the Scottish Government and the new German Government which was elected under the Fourth Merkel cabinet in March 2018.

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16. In June 2018, Nicola Sturgeon travelled to Berlin with representatives from twelve Scottish based companies on a trade delegation to promote inwards investment in Scotland and to promote and strengthen trading connections with Germany.

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17. Nicola Sturgeon had previously stripped Donald Trump of his ambassadorial role for Scottish businesses with the Scottish Government in the aftermath of Trump's views of an outright ban of Muslims from entering the United States.

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18. Nicola Sturgeon highlighted that "Scotland and the United States will continue to cooperate in those areas where we share common interests and goals, and when appropriate we will look to have constructive dialogue on issues where our views differ".

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19. Nicola Sturgeon was highly critical of Donald Trump during the United States presidential election, 2016 and had publicly backed his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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20. Nicola Sturgeon claimed she was not "sore" about the intervention shown by Barack Obama, but his claim about a strong United Kingdom had a "strange" impact on Scots.

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21. Nicola Sturgeon was highly critical of Obama's intervention in the debate, claiming that his intervention "helped" boost the number of votes Yes Scotland received.

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22. Nicola Sturgeon highlighted that Scotland is determined to "play our part in co-operation with others, to help to achieve peace and security".

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23. Nicola Sturgeon spoke at the United Nations in New York City about gender equality and human rights, claiming that she is "determined" to use her powers as First Minister of Scotland to "make things better" and "improve opportunities" for women.

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24. At the engagement in June 2016, Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the concerns raised in Scotland by the Brexit vote and claimed that Scotland's desire to remain within the European Union was met with "sympathy" from Europe.

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25. Nicola Sturgeon has sought to continue the strong connections and bond between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

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26. Nicola Sturgeon has committed to strengthening links between Scotland and the African continent, stating that Scotland has a long-standing reputation on the world stage as being a key partner with African countries where it has funded and developed a number of projects.

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27. Nicola Sturgeon has undertaken a number of visits to Europe, North America and Asia to promote Scotland as a place of investment and Scottish businesses and partners to trade and do business with.

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28. In the same interview, Nicola Sturgeon committed to no independence referendum being held prior to the terms of a UK wide Brexit deal being agreed and presented.

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29. In June 2017, Nicola Sturgeon criticised the approaches taken by both Theresa May and the British Government towards the Brexit approach, claiming that May "will struggle" as she is a "difficult person to build a rapport with".

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30. On 28 June 2016 Nicola Sturgeon made it clear that her motion to begin discussions with the EU did not constitute a proposal for a second referendum on independence.

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31. Nicola Sturgeon confirmed in June 2016 that the Scottish government has formally agreed to draft legislation to allow a second independence referendum to take place.

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32. Nicola Sturgeon met with new UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Edinburgh on 15 July 2016 after the latter had made it clear that UK unity was a high priority.

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33. Nicola Sturgeon was planning to meet with EU leaders in Brussels to discuss Scotland remaining in the EU.

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34. Nicola Sturgeon said it was "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland could be taken out of the EU "against its will".

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35. Nicola Sturgeon claimed that it was "clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union" and that Scotland had "spoken decisively" with a "strong, unequivocal" vote to remain in the European Union.

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36. Nicola Sturgeon contested her first election as SNP leader at the 2016 election.

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37. Nicola Sturgeon stated that Carmichael had "engaged in dirty tricks" and that he should consider his position as an MP.

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38. Nicola Sturgeon took part in several Scottish and UK-wide TV election debates in the run up to the 2015 general election and according to opinion polls was regarded to have had a successful performance.

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39. Nicola Sturgeon received 66 votes, Davidson received 15 and there were 39 abstentions.

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40. Nicola Sturgeon was formally acclaimed as the first female Leader of the SNP on 14 November 2014 at the Autumn Conference in Perth, with Hosie as her depute.

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41. On 24 September 2014, Nicola Sturgeon officially launched her campaign bid to succeed Salmond as Leader of the Scottish National Party at the November leadership election.

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42. Nicola Sturgeon said that there would be "no greater privilege" than to lead the SNP.

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43. In December 2012, Nicola Sturgeon said that she believed that independence would allow Scotland to build a stronger and more competitive country, and would change spending priorities to address "the scandal of soaring poverty in a country as rich as Scotland".

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44. On 24 June 2004, Nicola Sturgeon announced that she would be a candidate in the forthcoming election for the leadership, with Kenny MacAskill as her running mate.

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45. Nicola Sturgeon joined the Scottish National Party in 1986, having already become a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and quickly became their Youth Affairs Vice Convener and Publicity Vice Convener.

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