Who is in the Scottish cabinet?

First Minister Alex Salmond has undertaken his first major cabinet reshuffle since his party won power in 2007.

A significant new role has been given to Nicola Sturgeon. She will hand over her health brief to become cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital spending. New ministerial faces include Humza Yousaf and Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish cabinet and junior ministers

Name Post Name Post
Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond: First Minister and SNP leader

Head of the Scottish government and leader of the Scottish National Party. He has been leader of his party twice, the first time being in 1990 when he was elected to the position. Under his stewardship, the SNP won minority government in 2007. Four years later the party triumphed in a historic majority win. At the beginning of the 2012/13 parliamentary session he announced 15 new bills, including one for an independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon: Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Spending

Ms Sturgeon has been at the heart of government, playing a key role when the SNP won minority control in 2007 and again when it won a majority in 2011. The Glasgow University law graduate entered the Scottish Parliament when it was created in 1999. She was appointed deputy first minister and health secretary following the May 2007 election. Prior to that, Ms Sturgeon had been the party's spokeswoman on education.

John Swinney

John Swinney:

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

The politician was leader of his party between 2000 and 2004. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the 2007 cabinet following that year's election which resulted in a minority SNP government. He has held the brief ever since. The role is wide-ranging and includes overseeing the economy, the Scottish budget, employment, public service reform, deregulation, local government, public service delivery, and the planning system.

Alex Neil

Alex Neil:

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

The one time Labour Party member was elected an SNP MSP at the first Scottish Parliament election in 1999. he was re-elected to Holyrood in 2003, 2007 and 2011. After the 2011 election Alex was promoted to the cabinet, becoming Infrastructure and Capital Investment Secretary. In his health brief he covers the NHS, health service reform, health promotion, sport, the Commonwealth Games, social inclusion and equality issues.

Mike Russell

Michael Russell:

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Mr Russell is another cabinet member from the "class of 1999". However, he lost his seat at the 2003 Holyrood election. He was back in the parliament following the 2007 poll. Mr Russell handled the environment brief in the SNP's minority government.

In 2009 he was culture secretary for a while and was then given the education post which he has held ever since. He is currently overseeing radical changes to both the high school exam system and and to the country's colleges.

Kenny MacAskill

Kenny MacAskill:

Cabinet Secretary for Justice

The justice post has been held by Mr MacAskill since 2007. He made the controversial decision to allow terminally ill Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, to return home to Libya on compassionate grounds. Mr MacAskill is overseeing plans for a single police and a single fire service for Scotland. They will come into being at the beginning of April, 2013. His responsibilities are wide ranging and include criminal law and procedure, youth justice, criminal justice social work, police, prisons, legal aid, the courts and law reform.

Richard Lochhead

Richard Lochhead:

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment

Mr Lochhead has held his rural affairs post since 2007. He is responsible for agriculture, fisheries and rural development including aquaculture and forestry, environment and natural heritage, land reform, water quality regulation, sustainable development, and climate change.

Fiona Hyslop

Fiona Hyslop:

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

Appointed to the culture post in December 2009, Ms Hyslop established the cultural development body, Creative Scotland, in July 2010, as part of the Public Services Reform Act. Her brief covers Europe, external affairs, culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, Historic Scotland and Lottery funding.

Fergus Ewing

Fergus Ewing:

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism

The ministerial brief covers energy and energy consents, the voluntary sector and the social economy. The role also covers overseeing Scottish Enterprise matters and the Registers of Scotland.

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay:

Minister for Local Government and Planning

The ministerial brief covers local government, community planning, business improvement, elections, planning and building standards.

Aileen Campbell

Aileen Campbell:

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell

The ministerial brief covers the social services workforce, early years, protection of vulnerable groups, child protection, adoption and fostering.

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan:

Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages

The ministerial brief covers Gaelic and Scots, modern languages and Scottish Studies, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Skills Strategy and non-advanced vocational skills.

Angelad Constance

Angela Constance:

Minister for Youth Employment

The ministerial brief covers employability for 16-24 year olds, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) activity and co-ordinating cross government activity to support young people into work.

Joe Fitzpatrick

Joe Fitzpatrick:

Minister for Parliamentary Business

The ministerial brief covers parliamentary reform, group matters and liaison between the group and ministers. This is a first ministerial appointment for Mr Fitzpatrick.

Roseanna Cunningham

Roseanna Cunningham:

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

The ministerial brief covers community safety and anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, violence, human rights, drugs, civil law, charity law, fire and rescue, plus religious and faith organisations.

Paul Wheelhouse

Paul Wheelhouse:

Minister for Environment and Climate Change

The ministerial brief covers the Forestry Commission Scotland, biodiversity, crofting, national parks and environmental justice, flooding, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish

Environment Protection Agency.

Keith Brown

Keith Brown:

Minister for Transport and Veterans

The ministerial brief covers transport policy, transport delivery, public transport, roads, rail services, air and ferry services and eterans.

Margaret Burgess

Margaret Burgess: Minister for Welfare and Housing

The ministerial brief covers housing, communities, anti-poverty measures and welfare.

Shona Robison

Shona Robison:

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport

The ministerial brief covers sport, the Commonwealth Games, obesity issues and physical activity.

Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson:

Minister for Public Health

The ministerial brief covers public health, health protection, dentistry, healthy working lives, sexual health, child and maternal health, medical records, adult care and support, drug misuse and social inclusion.

Humza Yousaf

Humza Yousaf:

Minister for External Affairs and International Development

The ministerial brief covers Europe, external affairs, international development, culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, Historic Scotland and lottery funding, National Records of Scotland, major events strategy.

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