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Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon

Kirsty Young talks to Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the SNP.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, MSP.

Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the fifth First Minister of Scotland in the devolved era, she is the first woman to hold either post. The eldest of two daughters, she was brought up in Irvine and attended the local Dreghorn Primary School. A studious child, she was encouraged in her interest in current affairs by a teacher and joined the SNP aged 16. At 21, she was the youngest candidate in the 1992 General Election, contesting the safe Labour seat of Glasgow Shettleston.

She learned a lot about electoral defeat in those first years, but after several unsuccessful attempts, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament as a list MSP for Glasgow in 1999. She served as the party's shadow minister for education, and later for health and for justice and was elected deputy leader of her party in 2004, standing on a joint ticket with Alex Salmond. When the SNP won the highest number of seats in the 2007 election, she was appointed deputy First Minister. She also took on responsibility for the SNP's independence referendum campaign.

In November 2014, following the No vote in the Scottish independence referendum and the subsequent resignation of Alex Salmond, Sturgeon was elected leader of the SNP and became First Minister of Scotland. She's been awarded the Scottish Politician of the Year award three times and in 2015 was judged to be the Most Influential Woman in the UK by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

She is married to Peter Murrell, Chief Executive of the SNP.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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35 minutes

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Fri 20 Nov 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • Cilla Black

    Step Inside Love

    • The 35th Anniversary Collection.
    • EMI Records Ltd..
  • Pumeza Matshikiza

    Freedom Come All Ye

    • Voice of Hope.
    • Decca Classics.
  • Duran Duran

    Ordinary World

    • Duran Duran.
    • EMI Records Ltd..
  • The Proclaimers

    Letter From America

    • The Best Of….
    • EMI Records Ltd.

    • Robert Burns

      My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

      Performer: Eddi Reader.
      • Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns.
      • Rough Trade Records Ltd..
  • Kate Bush

    Wuthering Heights

    • The Kick Inside.
    • EMI Records Ltd..
  • Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin

    Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

    • Eurythmics: Greatest Hits.
    • BMG Records UK Ltd..
  • Labi Siffre

    (Something Inside) So Strong

    • The Best of Labi Siffre.
    • EMI Records Ltd..

    The Complete Works of Jane Austen


    A Coffee Machine


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Nicola Sturgeon
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 15 Nov 2015 11:15
  • Fri 20 Nov 2015 09:00

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