Nicola Sturgeon set to resign as Scottish First Minister

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Nicola Sturgeon has announced she will be resigning as leader of the Scottish National Party after more than 8 years in the role. The SNP leader is expected to make the announcement later today at a news conference in Edinburgh. She took over as the party leader in November 2014 after the SNP’s failed independence referendum, taking over from Alex Salmond. 

Ms Sturgeon became the country’s longest-serving first minister after more than 8 years in the role.

Just weeks ago, the SNP leader told the BBC that she had “plenty left in the tank”. 

She has faced mounting pressure in recent weeks, after the SNP’s controversial Gender Reform Act was blocked by Westminster. 

The legislation, passed by Holyrood in December 2022, would have removed the requirement for trans people to have a medical diagnosis before obtaining a certificate confirming their preferred gender.

Westminster’s decision to block the bill from going for royal assent is the first time the veto has been used.

The row escalated further after trans woman Isla Bryson was sentenced for two rapes that were committed prior to her gender change.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was forced to come to Holyrood last month to state that no transgender prisoner with a history of violence against women would be placed in a female prison.

Speaking during a Burns Supper in Dundee last month, former party leader Alex Salmond accused Ms Sturgeon of having “thrown away” years of campaigning for Scottish independence over her controversial trans laws.

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