Nicola Sturgeon (born on 19 July 1970 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Member (MSP) of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Govan.
Sturgeon became an MSP in the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, becoming the SNP's spokeswoman on justice, and later on education and health. In 2004, she announced that she would be a candidate for the leadership of the SNP following the resignation of John Swinney. However she later withdrew from the contest in favour of Alex Salmond, and stood as Deputy Leader. Both were subsequently elected, and Sturgeon led the SNP in the Scottish Parliament, until Salmond was elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 2007 election.
The SNP won the highest amount of seats in the Scottish Parliament following the 2007 election, and Salmond was subsequently appointed First Minister of Scotland. He appointed Sturgeon to be his Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
Today Alex Salmond will deliver his speech at the SNP National Conference