Nicola Sturgeon sells out venues across Scotland in first appearances as SNP leader

The next First Minister of Scotland will embark on a tour across the country from next month

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Nicola Sturgeon’s first public appearance as SNP leader has sold out within 24 hours.

The next First Minister of Scotland will address the sell-out event - more often associated with pop stars than politicians - at Dundee’s Caird Hall, next month.

Dundee is just one of six locations that Ms Sturgeon will visit on her speaking circuit, which she announced after it was revealed that she was the sole candidate for the SNP leadership.

All of the scheduled stops on the tour, which begins in Edinburgh, have now sold out.

In Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon will speak at the SSE Hydro, with a 12,000 at-capacity audience, making it the largest indoor political gathering held in Scotland.

Speaking about her whistle-stop tour of Scotland, Ms Sturgeon said: "I am looking forward to meeting as many of our new recruits as possible and sharing with them my vision for the future.

"The tour of Scotland that I will undertake in the next few weeks also sets the template for the kind of First Minister I want to be - open, accessible and determined to work with others across the political divide to find common cause and build a better country.

"The hope, excitement and sense of opportunity of the referendum campaign did not end on polling day. It is alive, well and growing. This is a great time for Scotland and I look forward to leading my party and our country to even better times ahead."

A Dundee SNP spokesman told the Dundee Courier: “The level of public interest - selling out in 24 hours - shows the extraordinary energy and determination that remains in the aftermath of the referendum to ensure that we see delivery from Westminster of the substantial new powers promised to Scotland.”

Ms Sturgeon is also due to visit Dumfries, Iverness and Aberdeen in the run-up to Christmas, as part of her tour.