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.
Get in touch with the First Minister: email@example.com.
03 Dec 2021 14:04
Cases no longer linked to single event.
29 Nov 2021 12:54
First Minister announces £20 payment from April.
23 Nov 2021 15:03
Expanded testing needed to keep cases down.
Speeches and statements
29 Nov 2021 11:53
Statement given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing in St Andrew's House, Edinburgh.
02 Nov 2021 21:12
Speech given by the First Minister at 43rd T.B. Macaulay Lecture at the University of Strathclyde on Tuesday 2nd November.
01 Nov 2021 16:11
Speech given by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the Global Assembly at COP26 on Monday 1 November 2021.
Watch live or view past recordings of First Minister's Questions on the Scottish Parliament website.
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Find out more information about Nicola Sturgeon's journey into the role of First Minister.
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