Nicola Sturgeon to stand down as Scottish First Minister

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon is to stand down after almost a decade at the helm.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced her intention to step down from the role. 

In a surprising press conference at Bute House, Sturgeon outlined her plans in the short term, telling reporters that her decision to resign was “the right decision for the country”. 

A leadership election timetable is expected to be outlined in the coming days. 

Olivia Smalley, policy lead for Scotland at the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), pledged to work with the Scottish government in both its current form and also under its new leadership.

She said: “With any ministerial change in government, effective transition is essential. This is particularly important with regards to the most senior job in government. 

“Under the current leadership, the Scottish government has embarked on an ambitious policy direction around net zero, but significant issues remain regarding the economy, growth, and innovation. 

“To ensure effective delivery, the supply chain will need clarity on the medium to long term direction of policy.

“Through the soon to be released ACE Scotland Policy Manifesto, ACE will continue to collaborate with the Scottish government in its current form, as well as under new leadership. 

“Our ACE Scotland Committee is committed to improving and enhancing the built environment sector for both large and SME organisations working in Scotland.

“Whilst we await the election of a new First Minister, we will continue to engage with relevant officials in Holyrood to advocate for a number of common challenges and positions for ACE members and the wider sector working in Scotland and beyond.”

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