The Scottish Government’s new Cabinet has today been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, subject to the necessary parliamentary approval.
As the First Minister unveiled her new Cabinet, she made it clear she was taking the opportunity to make progress on equal representation for women by achieving it first in her own Cabinet appointments. In a Cabinet comprising the First Minister and nine Cabinet Secretaries, half will be women.
The First Minister said: “This new Cabinet is a team of all the talents, which will take forward this Government’s priorities for Scotland.
“I said earlier this week that we will leading by example on equal representation, and encourage others to follow by addressing low pay and improving childcare. The Cabinet appointments I have made today will ensure these issues have the highest priority.
“The aims of my Government are clear: to create a nation that is both socially democratic and socially just, a nation that is confident in itself and governed effectively and a nation which will address poverty, support business, promote growth and tackle inequality.
“The new Cabinet team I have announced today will pursue these priorities with verve, vigour and determination.
“Every member of the Cabinet is part of this Government’s top team on merit, on the basis of the excellent work they have already done as ministers. The Cabinet line-up is also a clear demonstration that this Government will work hard in all areas to promote women, to create gender equality and it sends out a strong message that we will start the business of redressing the gender balance in public life starts right here in Government.
The full list of Cabinet appointments are:
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy – John Swinney MSP.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities – Keith Brown MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training – Roseanna Cunningham MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning - Angela Constance MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights – Alex Neil MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Justice – Michael Matheson MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment – Richard Lochhead MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs – Fiona Hyslop MSP
Lord Advocate – Frank Mulholland
Solicitor General – Lesley Thompson
The First Minister has confirmed that the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General will continue to serve.