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Nicola Sturgeon: the First Female and Now Longest Serving First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Nicola Sturgeon made history as the first woman in Bute House - now she is also Scotland's longest serving First Minister.

Born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, on July 19 1970, Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon attended Greenwood Academy in Dreghorn before studying law at Glasgow University and then working as a solicitor at an advice centre in the city's Drumchapel area.