Nicola Sturgeon named ‘Politician of the Year’

The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year has been awarded to Nicola Sturgeon for a record fifth time.

This title comes as she celebrates her fifth anniversary of becoming Scotland’s First Minister.

After receiving the accolade, Ms Sturgeon said:

“I’m delighted to receive this award.”

“This is a recognition of the strong stance the Scottish government and the SNP have taken in protecting Scotland’s interests over the past year.”

Among her competitors were Green MSP John Finnie and interim Scottish Tory leader Jackson Carlaw.

Elsewhere, Sir Paul Grice, the former chief executive of the Scottish Parliament, received a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Public Campaign of the Year was won by the British Heart Foundation Scotland.

With the general election approaching, Nicola Sturgeon is currently pressing to take the future of Scotland out of Boris Johnson’s hands.

Sturgeon has been First Minister of Scotland since taking over from Alex Salmond in November 2014 and is the first woman to hold the title.

With Brexit being a pressing issue the last few years, Scotland’s remain party strongly believe that MPs should come together to support a new referendum on EU membership.

After the recent lawsuit against the exclusion of SNP from the ITV election debate, Ian Blackford said that Scottish voters were being treated as ‘second class citizens’.

Ms Sturgeon is now campaigning throughout the country ahead of the election on the 12th of December.

On Saturday, she visited Arbroath, addressing activists and voters down at Arbroath Harbour.

The SNP leader then went on to visit Brewdog Brewery in Ellon to warn that Brexit will hit the North East of Scotland the hardest.

It has been cited that north-east Scotland faces a potential hit of 6.3% to GDP – the highest fall anywhere in the UK.