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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, Delivers Marriage Proposal For 'Paul And Ian'

25/08/2015 15:53 BST | Updated 25/08/2015 15:59 BST
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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP speaks with Emma Tucker, the Deputy Editor of The Times as she waits to be welcomed on stage to take questions during a Q&A session at the Times CEO summit at The Times offices in London.

Scotland's First Minister found herself the unlikely officiary of a marriage proposal on behalf of one young man to his male partner at a packed public meeting on Monday.

Nicola Sturgeon attended a Q&A session in the Scottish town of Oban, where more than 350 local residents turned out to quiz and praise the SNP leader after her party's success in the 2015 general election.

"Great day in Oban rounded off by a packed public meeting," Sturgeon tweeted, adding: "Thanks to all 350+ who came along to ask questions."

But the day’s political events were outshone by a touching wedding proposal, led by the First Minister on behalf of attendee 'Paul'.

According to Sturgeon, she was asked to deliver the offer of marriage on behalf of Paul - who even took to bended knee - to propose to his partner Ian.

The SNP leader announced the news to her 243,000 Twitter followers, adding that she was "delighted" to report Ian had said 'yes'.

The First Minister made headlines earlier this week for seeking David Cameron's "urgent assurance" that MSPs had not been subjected to surveillance by intelligence agency GCHQ.

"I am sure you will agree with me that, excepting truly exceptional circumstances involving national security, the confidentiality of communications between parliamentarians and their constituents is of the utmost importance," she wrote to the Prime Minister.

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