Just now, the Scottish Government’s new Cabinet has been announced by recently appointed First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. See a list here. The junior ministerial appointments will be announced later today.

We wanted to give clients and our network a heads up! This new Cabinet means that, if you do any type of lobbying in Scotland, you’ll potentially have to get to know a new Cabinet Secretary. There have been a good few changes, but equally, the likes of Fiona Hyslop and Richard Lochhead remain in position.

More on this later! Follow #reshuffle for announcements and opinions.


The First Minister said:

“This new Cabinet is a team of all the talents, which will take forward this Government’s priorities for Scotland.

“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.

“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.

“I also want to take the opportunity to thank outgoing cabinet secretaries Kenny MacAskill and Mike Russell for their sterling work in government.

“I am confident that we are now equipped with the men and women who will go forward and deliver on these aspirations to create a better Scotland.”