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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
01 Mar 2022 17:24
Scotland ready to welcome refugees.
22 Feb 2022 16:25
Statement from the First Minister.
21 Feb 2022 10:45
New support package ahead of Strategic Framework Update.
Speeches and statements
24 Feb 2022 16:15
Statement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opening the debate, Solidarity with Ukraine in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, on Thursday 24 February 2022.
24 Feb 2022 15:31
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's speech at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) annual conference, 24 February 2022
22 Feb 2022 14:59
Statement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on COVID-19 to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 22 February 2022.
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.
The First Minister
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