Who is in the new Scottish cabinet?

New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the line-up of her senior ministerial team, half of whom are women.

The first minister's close ally Shona Robison has been promoted to health secretary, while Michael Matheson replaces Kenny MacAskill in the justice role.

Ms Sturgeon said: "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 the business of redressing the gender balance in public life starts right here in government."

Scottish cabinet
Name Post Name Post
Nicola Sturgeon: First Minister and SNP leader Ms Sturgeon stepped into the leadership role following Alex Salmond's departure in the wake of the "Yes" campaigns defeat in the Scottish independence referendum. The Glasgow University law graduate has played a key role in the SNP, entering the Scottish parliament when it was created in 1999. She was the SNP spokeswoman on education until her appointment as deputy first minister and health secretary following the May 2007 election that resulted in a minority SNP government. John Swinney: Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy Mr Swinney led the SNP for four years from 2000. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth in the cabinet following the May 2007 election. His role includes overseeing the economy, the Scottish budget, employment, public service reform, deregulation, local government, public service delivery, pensions and the planning system, as well as government strategy and reform.
Keith Brown: Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities The former minister for transport and veterans has been promoted to a cabinet secretary role that includes European structural funds, Scotland's cities and public transport. Mr Brown has been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 2007. He was appointed minister for skills and lifelong learning two years later. Roseanna Cunningham: Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Ms Cunningham has been promoted into the cabinet after serving as community safety and legal affairs minister since 2011. She was first appointed as a minister in 2009, when she covered the environment portfolio. Her new cabinet secretary role includes employment policy, women's employment and the living wage.
Angela Constance: Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Ms Constance replaces Michael Russell as education and lifelong learning secretary. She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 and was appointed minister for skills and lifelong learning in 2010, going on to become minister for youth employment in 2011. Her new role covers science, school standards, Scottish studies and child protection. Shona Robison: Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Ms Sturgeon's close ally has been promoted from her previous position, cabinet secretary for Commonwealth Games, sport, equalities and pensioners' rights. Ms Robison worked for Glasgow City Council before turning to politics. She was shadow minister for health and social justice and became minister for public health after the May 2007 election. She is married to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie.
Alex Neil: Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights Mr Neil is moving from his previous cabinet position as health and wellbeing secretary. He was first elected as an SNP MSP in 1999 and was re-elected to Holyrood in 2003, 2007 and 2011, after which he was promoted to the cabinet as infrastructure and capital investment secretary. His new responsibilities include housing, welfare, measures against poverty and homelessness and equality. Michael Matheson: Cabinet Secretary for Justice Mr Matheson replaces Kenny MacAskill as justice secretary. He is moving from the position of minister for public health, which he was given following the May 2011 election. Before his ministerial role he acted as vice convenor of the European and External Relations Committee as well as serving on several other Scottish parliament committees.
Richard Lochhead: Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Mr Lochhead remains the environment secretary, a role he has occupied since the 2007 election. His post includes responsible for land reform, agriculture, fisheries, environmental protection, flooding, national parks and climate justice, as well as food and drink. Fiona Hyslop: Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Ms Hyslop is staying in the culture post she has occupied since December 2009. She established the cultural development body, Creative Scotland, in July 2010, as part of the Public Services Reform Act. Her brief covers national identity, architecture, broadcasting, European and international relations, fair trade and the Scottish diaspora.

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