Old Aloysian swears in Scotland's First Minister
Scotland's new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been officially sworn in by former student of St Aloysius College, Glasgow, Lord Gill. In the ceremony at Edinburgh's Court of Justice, the Lord President of the Court of Session and head of the Scottish judiciary congratulated Ms Sturgeon who took over when Alex Salmond announced his decision to step down in September.
The Right Honourable Lord Gill (Brian Gill) was a student at the Jesuit college in Glasgow between 1950 and 1959. He has been the Lord Justice General since 2012 and returned to St Aloysius earlier this year to be Guest of Honour at the final of the college's Music Festival.
Last week, he presided over the ceremony which saw Nicola Sturgeon officially become the fifth person to hold the post of First Minister of Scotland. Addressing Ms Sturgeon, he said: “On behalf of the court, I have the honour to congratulate you on your appointment as First Minister of the Scottish Government ... You are now holder of one of the great offices of state. That is a great honour that will bring many arduous responsibilities but I hope that, notwithstanding the burden, the office of First Minister will give you great pleasure and fulfilment and I wish you well.”
In response at the formal proceedings which took place before fifteen senior judges, Ms Sturgeon vowed to lead a "bold, imaginative and adventurous" government which will build a "social democratic and socially just" nation.
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