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Responding to the news that Nicola Sturgeon MSP is to step down as Scotland’s First Minister, West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes said:

“As Scotland’s longest serving First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has led the country through unprecedented challenges.

“She has always done so with intelligence and compassion. Like many, I’m sorry that Nicola has taken the difficult decision to step down.

“She has been an outstanding leader for the SNP – working tirelessly to stand up for the people of Scotland.

“In West Dunbartonshire Nicola Sturgeon has been an inspiration to many – not just as Scotland’s first female First Minister, but as a successful woman from a working-class background.

“I’m grateful for her dedication over the years to tackling inequality and improving the lives of my constituents.

“I look forward to what comes next, and building on Nicola’s legacy to secure a better, fairer future for our nation.”

The First Minister’s speech on 15 February 2023 announcing she is to stand down is available here.

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