Scotland’s youngest MSP, Emma Roddick, has paid tribute to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, highlighting the political legacy she leaves behind and the inspiration she has given to women far and wide.
This afternoon, Nicola Sturgeon gave her official resignation speech in the Scottish Parliament and said it had been the honour of a lifetime to serve Scotland.
In response, Emma Roddick, who represents the Highlands & Islands, gave a speech on behalf of the Scottish National Party, highlighting Nicola Sturgeon’s legacy in office and expressing that the First Minister had played a large role in her own political journey.
“Nicola Sturgeon will be remembered for many things, not least the policies she has introduced to Scotland: the Scottish Child Payment, the Baby Box, the Promise all being emblematic of her progressive values.
“She has been a voice for the people of Scotland, earning trust and solidarity throughout Europe and across the globe with her internationalist outlook on issues like climate change and supporting refugees. She didn’t wait for independence to place Scotland on the world stage, as its own nation with its own ideas.
“The way she has spent her last few weeks in office, delivering a heartfelt apology for historic forced adoption, launching a memorial book for babies lost before they were born, and of course, spending time with the Care Experienced young people of Scotland, is a testament to the kind of leader Nicola Sturgeon has been.
“Her legacy, though, is not just in the policies she put in place, it’s also those she lifted up with her as she climbed – all the women she mentored, empowered and inspired. She made politics accessible, giving a voice to those previously shut out.
“Years ago, the soon-to-be First Minister came to Eden Court in Inverness and spoke about how she wanted to encourage young women into politics. For me, a 17-year-old girl from the Highlands, who often felt detached from national politics, this was a huge moment – one that has led me here.
“Her impact in that sense is immeasurable, but there is no doubt that we will see it for decades to come through the many women that will enter politics after seeing that it can be done – I know myself that Nicola is a big part of why I am here today.”
- Full speech can be viewed here.