Nicola Sturgeon: Sunderland residents react to SNP leader’s resignation

Written by on 16th February 2023

Residents in Sunderland have reacted to the resignation of Nicola Sturgeon, the first female Scottish Prime Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon resigns as SNP leader

Sturgeon confirmed she is resigning as the Scottish National Party leader after more than eight years in the role.

The first female Scottish Prime Minister said she knew in her heart this was the right time to step down.

46-year-old Ethan Mason said: “I’m baffled by the hate. Show me the best and most powerful minister Scotland will ever have, and I will show you Nicola Sturgeon. Whether she saw us through independence or not, the fact remains that she laid the groundwork for us all.”

According to the Scottish project manager who lives in Sunderland, Nicola may not have won the battle, but that does not mean her time in office was a failure.

Harry Whyte, 33, said: “Although I am not Scottish, I admired her leadership. I took an early lunch break to watch Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation speech. Remarkable, I must say!”

“It will be difficult to find another political figure in the UK who can match her levels of decency and integrity in office and in public. This is an enormous loss of leadership for Scotland and the SNP”.

“Personally, I don’t care if anyone backed her ideas and the things she fought for, she has been one of the most iconic politicians of this generation,” the salesperson added.

Senior healthcare assistant, Gracie Mark, said: “Her pride in attacking women’s rights in the name of gender ideology ultimately brought about her downfall”.

“Her reasons for quitting are absurd in every way, adding that “she jumped before being pushed”.

The 28-year-old also said: “Sturgeon’s dream of independence is quickly fading, and she definitely isn’t going away to spend more time with her family”.

Grayson Blake, 30, said: “I guess the timing of everything does not just seem right and the trans rapist being sent to a women’s prison sort of raises a lot of tough questions at the worst possible time for Nicola.

“I didn’t really like her anyway, she wasted too much time on independence at a time it didn’t matter”.

The 30- year-old brand manager also said: “I would have liked some more focus on the problems we had at the time, things have changed.

“I welcome the change. She has been in power for too long, anyway”.

The independence will happen with or without her, he added.

Nicola Sturgeon is the longest-serving first minister and the first woman to hold the position.

Sturgeon said she would remain in office until her successor was elected.

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