Nicola Sturgeon admits to being a '˜bit of a control freak'

Nicola Sturgeon described herself as a bit of a 'control freak' in a candid interview with Scottish newspaper The National.

Ms Sturgeon also admitted that she got her self-belief from her parents and she has “a high tolerance to stress.”

Speaking to the newspaper, Ms Sturgeon also looks back on the influences that have shaped her life – and what it took to become First Minister.

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She said: “Since I have been First Minister, I have had to learn how to delegate more. I have had to learn how to lead a team as I am a bit of a control freak.

“It can be hard for me to let things go and trust people to get on with things. That is something, to be candid, that I have had to work at.”

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Ms Sturgeon also highlighted the support of her husband, SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, described their Glasgow home as her “refuge” and admitted the job comes with a “sense of loneliness”.

She said: “There are things you can’t share, that you can’t always make someone understand. “

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But Peter will be able to tell the times when there is stuff on my mind that I can’t really talk to him about. “He understands enough to know how to support me without necessarily being explicit about it all.

“He has an intuitive sense of what I need.”

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Looking back on her life she recalls her love of reading and attending a demo to mark Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. She also highlighted the importance of reading as a child.

Ms Sturgeon also singled out the influence of her Modern Studies teacher, her family and her time as a law student at Glasgow University.

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She even touched upon fashion and her choice of footwear in her late teens. Ms Sturgeon said: “My niece said to me not long ago, ‘I want a pair of Doc Martens’. I said: ‘That’s my girl.’”