First Minister

Current role holder: Nicola Sturgeon


As head of the Scottish Government, the First Minister is responsible for the overall development, implementation and presentation of the administration's policies and for promoting and representing Scotland at home and overseas.

Subject to Parliament's agreement, the First Minister appoints other ministers - including a Deputy First Minister and cabinet secretaries - from among Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

The First Minister chairs the Scottish Cabinet, the main forum for ministers to consider and make key decisions on the strategic priorities and policies of the government to achieve its objectives.

Read the First Minister's biography.

Find out more about the history of the office of the First Minister.

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15 February 2023 11:30

First Minister to resign

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced her intention to resign as First Minister.

Speeches and statements



Postal address:
The First Minister
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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