Government of the 1st Scottish Parliament

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The Executive of the 1st Scottish Parliament was formed following the 1999 election.

Dewar government[edit]

The Dewar government (17 May 1999–11 October 2000) was formed by a coalition of Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Donald Dewar, Scotland's first First Minister, obtained the Scottish Parliament's approval to the first slate of members of the Scottish Executive and Junior Scottish Ministers on 19 May 1999.

Cabinet[edit]

Government of the 1st Scottish Parliament
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1st Cabinet of Scotland
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Date formed 17 May 1999
Date dissolved 11 October 2000
People and organizations
Head of government Donald Dewar
Head of state Queen Elizabeth
Member party Labour Party
Liberal Democrats
Status in legislature Majority
History
Election(s) 1999 general election
Legislature term(s) 1st
Office Name Term Party
First Minister The Rt Hon. Donald Dewar MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy First Minister
Minister for Justice
Jim Wallace QC MSP 1999–2000 Liberal Democrats
Minister for Children and Education Sam Galbraith MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Minister for Social Inclusion, Local Government and Housing Wendy Alexander MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Henry McLeish MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Minister for Finance Jack McConnell MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Minister for Health and Community Care Susan Deacon MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Chief Whip and Government Business Manager Tom McCabe MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Minister for Rural Affairs Ross Finnie MSP 1999–2000 Liberal Democrats
Minister for Transport and the Environment Sarah Boyack MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Lord Advocate The Rt Hon. The Lord Hardie PC QC 1999–2000 Labour Party
The Rt Hon. Colin Boyd QC 2000 Labour Party

Junior ministers[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Deputy Minister for Children and Education Peter Peacock MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport Rhona Brankin MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Social Inclusion, Equality and the Voluntary Sector Jackie Baillie MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Local Government Frank McAveety MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Nicol Stephen MSP 1999–2000 Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Highlands and Islands and Gaelic Alasdair Morrison MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care Iain Gray MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Justice (with particular responsibility for Land Reform) Angus MacKay MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Deputy Business Manager and Liberal Democrat Whip Iain Smith MSP 1999–2000 Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs (with particular responsibility for Fisheries) John Home Robertson MSP 1999–2000 Labour Party
Solicitor General for Scotland Colin Boyd QC 1999–2000 Labour Party
Neil Davidson QC 2000 Labour Party

In March 2000, Lord Hardie was made a Senator of the College of Justice. His office as Lord Advocate was filled by the Solicitor General, Colin Boyd, and the office of Solicitor General was filled by Neil Davidson.

McLeish government[edit]

The McLeish government (27 October 2000–8 November 2001) was formed following the death of Donald Dewar on the 11 October 2000, Henry McLeish was appointed as First Minister on 27 October 2000. It continued the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition.

Cabinet[edit]

Government of the 1st Scottish Parliament
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2nd Cabinet of Scotland
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Date formed 27 October 2000
Date dissolved 8 November 2001
People and organizations
Head of government Henry McLeish
Head of state Queen Elizabeth
Member party Labour Party
Liberal Democrats
Status in legislature Majority
History
Election(s) 1999 general election
Legislature term(s) 1st
Office Name Term Party
First Minister The Rt Hon. Henry McLeish MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy First Minister
Minister for Justice
The Rt Hon. Jim Wallace QC MSP 2000–2001 Liberal Democrats
Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs Jack McConnell MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Social Justice Jackie Baillie MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Wendy Alexander MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture Sam Galbraith MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Finance and Local Government Angus MacKay MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Health and Community Care Susan Deacon MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Parliament Tom McCabe MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Minister for Rural Development Ross Finnie MSP 2000–2001 Liberal Democrats
Minister for Transport Sarah Boyack MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Lord Advocate The Rt Hon. Colin Boyd QC 2000–2001 Labour Party

Junior ministers[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs Nicol Stephen MSP 2000–2001 Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport Rhona Brankin MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Social Justice Margaret Curran MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Enterprise & Lifelong Learning and Gaelic Alasdair Morrison MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Highlands and Islands and Gaelic Alasdair Morrison MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Sport and Culture Allan Wilson MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government Peter Peacock MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care Malcolm Chisholm MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Justice Iain Gray MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Parliament Tavish Scott MSP 2000–2001 Liberal Democrat
Euan Robson MSP 2001–2001 Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Rural Development Rhona Brankin MSP 2000–2001 Labour Party
Solicitor General for Scotland Neil Davidson QC 2000–2001 Labour Party

Tavish Scott resigned on 9 March 2001 following disagreement with Scottish Executive policy on fisheries. He was replaced by Euan Robson. Sam Galbraith resigned on 20 March 2001, and his environment portfolio was combined with that of rural development. Planning was added to the Transport portfolio, and Lewis Macdonald was appointed as Deputy Minister for Transport and Planning. Allan Wilson became Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture, reporting to the First Minister.

First McConnell government[edit]

The First McConnell government (22 November 2001–27 March 2003) was formed following Henry McLeish's resignation as First Minister after the Officegate scandal, Jack McConnell was appointed as First Minister 22 November 2001. It continued the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition.

Cabinet[edit]

Government of the 1st Scottish Parliament
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3rd Cabinet of Scotland
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Date formed 22 November 2001
Date dissolved 20 May 2003
People and organizations
Head of government Jack McConnell
Head of state Queen Elizabeth
Member party Labour Party
Liberal Democrats
Status in legislature Majority
History
Election(s) 1999 general election
Legislature term(s) 1st
Successor Government of the 2nd Scottish Parliament
Office Name Term Party
First Minister The Rt Hon. Jack McConnell MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Deputy First Minister
Minister for Justice
The Rt Hon. Jim Wallace QC MSP 2001–2003 Liberal Democrats
Minister for Education and Young People Cathy Jamieson MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Minister for Social Justice Iain Gray MSP 2001–2002 Labour Party
Margaret Curran MSP 2002–2003 Labour Party
Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Wendy Alexander MSP 2001–2002 Labour Party
Iain Gray MSP 2002–2003 Labour Party
Minister for Culture and Sport Mike Watson MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Minister for Finance and Public Services Andy Kerr MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Minister for Health and Community Care Malcolm Chisholm MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Minister for Parliament Patricia Ferguson MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Minister for the Environment and Rural Development Ross Finnie MSP 2001–2003 Liberal Democrats
Lord Advocate The Rt Hon. Colin Boyd QC 2001–2003 Labour Party

Junior Ministers[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport Dr Elaine Murray MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Education and Young People Nicol Stephen MSP 1999–2000 Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Dr Lewis Macdonald MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development Allan Wilson MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services Peter Peacock MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care Hugh Henry MSP 2001–2002 Liberal Democrats
Frank McAveety MSP 2002–2003 Labour Party
Mary Mulligan MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Justice Dr Richard Simpson MSP 2001–2002 Labour Party
Hugh Henry MSP 2002–2003 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business Euan Robson MSP 2001–2003 Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Social Justice Margaret Curran MSP 2001–2003 Labour Party
Hugh Henry MSP 2002 Labour Party
Des McNulty MSP 2002–2003 Labour Party
Solicitor General for Scotland Elish Angiolini QC 2001–2003

Ministerial Parliamentary Aides[edit]

Office Name Term Party
Ministerial Parliamentary Aide to the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Scott Barrie MSP 2002–2003 Scottish Labour Party
Ministerial Parliamentary Aide to the Minister for Social Justice Rhoda Grant MSP 2002–2003 Scottish Labour Party

On 4 May 2002, Wendy Alexander resigned from the Scottish Executive. Her post as Enterprise Minister was filled by Iain Gray, and his post as Social Justice Minister was in turn filled by Margaret Curran, who had been his deputy. Hugh Henry moved from Health to become Deputy Minister for Social Justice and Frank McAveety returned to ministerial office as one of the Deputy Ministers for Health and Community Care. In November 2002 Richard Simpson resigned, Hugh Henry replaced him and Des McNulty became Deputy Minister for Social Justice.

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