Nicola Sturgeon said she wasn’t expecting “violins” of sympathy to be played for her, but that the requirements of family life came into conflict with “giving absolutely everything to this job”, as she resigned today.
She said: “The nature and form of modern political discourse means there is a much greater intensity – dare I say it brutality – to life as a politician than in years gone by.”
Who are the potential new leaders?
John Swinney: The deputy first minister
Kate Forbes: The finance secretary
Angus Robertson: He has held leadership roles in the SNP before
Humza Yousaf: The health secretary is part of a newer generation of SNP figures
But one name that has gone viral on Twitter is that of Mhairi Black.
Could she step in to become the leader?
This video might persuade you?
Or this one?!
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