Nicola Sturgeon to resign as First Minister of Scotland

The SNP leader is expected to make the announcement at a press conference from Bute House.

Nicola Sturgeon is set to resign as First Minister of Scotland after eight years.

The SNP leader will stand down at a surprise press conference from Bute House in Edinburgh.

Sturgeon will leave office as the longest serving and first female First Minister since the creation of the Scottish Parliament, a time which saw her lead the SNP to repeated election victories at UK, Scottish and local level.

The First Minister, however, has been mired in controversy in recent months as her Government sought to push through gender reforms, only for them to be blocked by the UK Government.

And recent weeks have seen her forced to deal with the housing of transgender prisoners in women’s facilities.

No reason has yet been given for her sudden resignation.

More to follow.