Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has resigned in a shock announcement and told reporters during a rushed press conference the time is “right for me.”
Around 11am Sturgeon told a press conference in Edinburgh at her official residence in Bute House she will remain in her position until a new leader is elected.
Sturgeon said that the time “right for me, for my party and for my country” and ordered her party to start the process find a new leader.
Sturgeon said her position is the “very best job in the world” and it has been a “privilege beyond measure” and that she is “proud” to have been the longest serving female Minister.
She continued to say that “in my head and in my heart, I know that time is now” and making this decision to stand down has been “really hard” but it has come from a place of “tough love” and that she has been “wrestling” with making this decision “for some weeks.”
Sturgeon said it will be better for “someone who is not subject to quite the same polarised opinions” to take over her role.
She said that on Tuesday she had made her final decision to stand down whilst she was at a funeral of a friend.
Sturgeon said in closing that it has been the “privilege of my life” being First Minister and added, “Nothing I do in future will come anywhere close.”