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Scottish First Minister reshuffles Cabinet

A reshuffle within the Scottish Government has seen a single portfolio taking control of renewable energy, economy, and net zero goals, with other changes being confirmed by First Minister Humza Yousaf.

Màiri McAllan will take over as the Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy, with this department being established to help unleash the nation’s renewable potential, as well as building the economy. Alongside this, Neil Gray will also take on the role of Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health, and Social Care.

Commenting on her appointment via her (formerly Twitter) account, McAllan said:

“This broad and strategic portfolio will focus on seizing the enormous opportunities of our future green economy - tackling climate change, creating green jobs & delivering sustainable economic growth, with the wellbeing of our people at its heart.”

The first woman of colour to be within the Scottish Government has also been confirmed, as Kaukab Stewart takes on the role of Minister for Culture, Europe, and International Development. Through this development, Christina McKelvie has instead been appointed as the Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy.

Quote from Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf

First Minster Yousaf spoke about the appointment of Kaukab Stewart, saying:

“I am proud to bring the first-ever Woman of Colour into government in Scotland – I believe another sign of the progress we are making as a nation, with the appointment of Kaukab Stewart as Minister for Culture, Europe, and International Development. Kaukab takes this role on from Christina McKelvie, who will now report directly to me as Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy.”

Transport will become the responsibility of a standalone portfolio, which will be headed by Fiona Hyslop. Jim Fairlie will also take on the role of Minster for Agriculture and Connectivity, which the First Minister mentioned:

“And I am delighted to welcome Jim Fairlie to government, who brings a wealth of business and rural knowledge to his new role as Minister for Agriculture and Connectivity.

“These new appointments reflect this government’s priorities and the missions that drive them – equality, opportunity and community – and I look forward to working with them as we continue to deliver for the people of Scotland.”

The appointments of Hyslop, Stewart, and Fairlie will be approved by parliament after recess.


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