Nicola Sturgeon, 51, says she and her husband Peter Murrell might foster children in the future when she leaves politics – after suffering a miscarriage in 2011
Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that she and her husband might foster children in the future when she leaves politics.
The First Minister, 51, and Peter Murrell, the SNP‘s chief executive, 56, who do not have any children, spend time at Bute House but mostly live at their private home in Glasgow, where they tied the knot in 2010 after dating for seven years.
In September 2016, Nicola Sturgeon revealed she once suffered a miscarriage in 2011 and spoke publicly about the anguish of losing a baby aged 40 – and it seems to be something that she has stayed thinking about.
‘I’ve become really involved in and passionate about improving the opportunities for young people who grew up in care,’ she explained, speaking to Vogue, before adding that in the future, post-politics, ‘fostering children may be something we would think about. It’s something my husband and I have only scratched the surface of talking about.’
Nicola Sturgeon, 51, has revealed that she and her husband might consider fostering children in the future, post-politics
The First Minister and Peter Murrell tied the knot in 2010 after dating for seven years. Pictured, after casting her vote at Broomhouse Community Hall polling station in Glasgow as Scotland goes to the polls in the Scottish Parliament election on May 5, 2016
The Scottish First Minister, who joined the SNP aged 16, previously told how she conceived at the age of 40 but lost her baby in the early stages of her pregnancy.
She and her husband were preparing to tell friends about the pregnancy when tragedy struck.
But instead of recovering at home, Nicola continued with her public engagements, marking the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox football stadium disaster on January 3, 2011.
Speaking movingly about the miscarriage for the first time, she told Mandy Rhodes, the author of a new book called Scottish National Party Leaders, serialised in The Sunday Times: ‘If the miscarriage hadn’t happened, would I be sitting here as First Minister right now?
Peter Murrell and Nicola Sturgeon at their wedding at the Oran Mor in Glasgow on 16 July 2010
‘It’s an unanswerable question, I just don’t know. I’ve thought about it but I don’t know that answer. I’d like to think ‘yes’ because I could have shown that having a child wasn’t a barrier to all this, but in truth I don’t know.’
In July 2015, Ms Sturgeon was depicted on the widely criticised cover of a political magazine as a ‘childless’ female politician. She branded the New Statesman ‘crass’ for portraying her and other childless politicians standing round a cot with a ballot box inside.
The Scottish First Minister said she had not discussed her miscarriage in public before because she did not want to be defined by it.
An intensely private person, she said she is aware that some girls who look to her as a role model may conclude that women must sacrifice part of their lives to climb the career ladder.
She added: ‘Having a baby might have so fundamentally changed our lives that things would have taken a different path, but if somebody gave me the choice now to turn back the clock 20 years and say you can choose to start to think about this much earlier and have children, I’d take that.
‘But if the price of that was not doing what I’ve gone on to do, I wouldn’t accept that, no.’