Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs

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The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, commonly referred to as the Culture Secretary, is a Scottish Government Cabinet position with responsibility for Culture, the arts, relations between the Scottish Government and the European Union and other international affairs.[1] The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by the Minister for Europe and International Development.

The current Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs is Fiona Hyslop, who was appointed in 2009.

History[edit]

The Europe and External Affairs brief was instituted in 2000 and combined with Education as the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs which was a Cabinet position in the McLeish Government. After 2001 the Europe and External Affairs Brief was abolished as a ministerial position. From 1999 to 2001, the Culture brief was a junior post in the Scottish Government as Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport. It was made into a Cabinet position as Minister for Culture and Sport in the First McConnell government from 2001–2003. The Second McConnell government from 2003–2007 combined the Culture and Sport brief with Tourism to form a Cabinet post in the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture was combined with External Affairs and Europe, to form a junior ministerial position, of Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture in the Salmond government following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007. In February 2009 the role was expanded to deal with constitutional issues this additional role was later removed in December 2009 following the publication of the National Conversation.[2] After the Scottish Parliament election, 2011 the office-holder returned to the Cabinet with the junior ministerial post being transformed into the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.[3]

Overview[edit]

Responsibilities[edit]

The responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs include:

Public bodies[edit]

The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs:

List of office holders[edit]

Cabinet position[edit]

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Jack McConnell Jack McConnell.jpg 1 November 2000 22 November 2001 Labour Party Henry McLeish Sam Galbraith 1 November 2000 20 March 2001 Labour Party Henry McLeish

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport[edit]

Mike Watson 28 November 2001 28 November 2002 Labour Party Jack McConnell
Elaine Murray Elaine Murray.jpg 28 November 2002 21 May 2003 Labour Party
Frank McAveety Frank McAveety MSP.jpg 21 May 2003 4 October 2004 Labour Party
Patricia Ferguson PatriciaFergusonMSP20110510.JPG 4 October 2004 19 February 2007 Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs[edit]

Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (2).jpg 19 May 2011 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (2).jpg 21 November 2014 incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Junior Minister[edit]

Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport[edit]

Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Rhona Brankin 19 May 1999 1 November 2000 Scottish Labour Party Donald Dewar

Deputy Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture[edit]

Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Allan Wilson 1 November 2000 8 March 2001 Scottish Labour Party Henry McLeish Nicol Stephen 1 November 2000 28 November 2001 Scottish Liberal Democrats Henry McLeish

Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture[edit]

Allan Wilson 8 March 2001 28 November 2001 Scottish Labour Party Henry McLeish
Elaine Murray 28 November 2001 28 November 2002 Labour Party Jack McConnell

Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture[edit]

Linda Fabiani 17 May 2007 10 February 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution[edit]

Michael Russell 10 February 2009 1 December 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Culture and External Affairs[edit]

Fiona Hyslop 1 December 2009 19 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for External Affairs and International Development[edit]

Humza Yousaf 5 September 2012 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Europe and International Development[edit]

Humza Yousaf 21 November 2014 incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Government. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Demoted minister backs successor". BBC News. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Black, Andrew (20 May 2011). "At-a-glance: Scottish government cabinet". BBC News. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 

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