SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon reveals her Sunderland roots – and wants to bolster North East links

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. David Cheskin/PA Wire.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. David Cheskin/PA Wire.
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SCOTTISH National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has revealed her Wearside roots.

The woman who is tipped to hold the balance of power in a hung Parliament told BBC interviewer Evan Davis she is one-quarter Mackem.

I think there is huge scope to strengthen the links between Scotland and the north of England.

Nicola Sturgeon

Asked “Who do you think is closer to the people of the North East of England, who is better to look after them, the SNP or the Westminster establishment?,” she replied: “I think that is something you would have to ask them.

“What I do know is that my gran was from just outside Sunderland in the North of England, so I have got a particular personal affinity to that part of England.”

Scotland and the North East had many interests in common, she added.

“I think there is huge scope to strengthen the links between Scotland and the north of England,” she said.

“One of the things we’ve got common interest in going forward is for something like high speed rail to start north as well as south and work its way down.

“Even if Scotland had voted ‘yes’ last year and we were on the way to being independent, for me that was never about cutting links – social, and cultural and family links – between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“It was just Scotland taking political and economic responsibility.”