Government of the 4th Scottish Parliament

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The Government of the 4th Scottish Parliament was formed after the 2011 elections to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government was headed by former First Minister Alex Salmond for the first 3 years before being head by Nicola Sturgeon.

Second Salmond government[edit]

Following the 2011 elections, the Scottish National Party remained in office, now as a majority government.

Having won a majority of seats in the general election (69 of 129) the SNP had enough seats to govern alone. Alex Salmond was re-elected First Minister unopposed on 18 May 2011.

Cabinet[edit]

Government of the 4th Scottish Parliament
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6th Cabinet of Scotland
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Date formed 18 May 2011
Date dissolved 19 November 2014
People and organizations
Head of government Alex Salmond
Head of state Elizabeth II
Member party Scottish National Party
Status in legislature Majority
History
Election(s) 2011 general election
Legislature term(s) 4th
Previous Government of the 3rd Scottish Parliament
Office Name Term
First Minister The Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP 2007–2014
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP 2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy 2007–2012
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities 2012–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP 2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP 2009–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy Bruce Crawford MSP 2011–2012
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP 2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP 2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP 2011–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil MSP 2011–2012
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing 2012–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance MSP 2014
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights Shona Robison MSP 2014

Junior Ministers[edit]

Office Name Term
Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP 2011–2014
Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP 2011–2014
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP 2011–2014
Minister for Local Government and Planning Aileen Campbell MSP 2011
Derek MacKay MSP 2011–2014
Minister for Children and Young People Angela Constance MSP 2011–2014
Aileen Campbell MSP 2011–2014
Minister for Learning and Skills Dr Alasdair Allan MSP 2011
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages 2011–2014
Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP 2011–2012
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham MSP 2011–2014
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson MSP 2011–2012
Paul Wheelhouse MSP 2012–2014
Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown MSP 2011–2012
Minister for Transport and Veterans 2012–2014

Alex Salmond announced his resignation as Leader of the Scottish National Party on 19 September 2014 following the Scottish independence referendum; his resignation took effect on 14 November when Nicola Sturgeon was elected unopposed to replace him. The Second Salmond government was dissolved upon Sturgeon becoming First Minister on 19 November 2014.

Law Officers[edit]

Office Name Term
Lord Advocate The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC 2011–2014
Solicitor General for Scotland Lesley Thomson 2011–2014

Sturgeon government[edit]

Following the resignation of Alex Salmond in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum, his former deputy, Nicola Sturgeon was elected to replace him as First Minister on 19 November 2014. Like the Salmond government, it is an SNP majority government.

Cabinet[edit]

Government of the 4th Scottish Parliament
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7th Cabinet of Scotland
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Date formed 19 November 2014
People and organizations
Head of government Nicola Sturgeon
Head of state Elizabeth II
Member party Scottish National Party
Status in legislature Majority
History
Legislature term(s) 4th
Previous Government of the 3rd Scottish Parliament
Office Name Term
First Minister The Right Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP 2014–present
Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy 2007–present
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Shona Robison MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights Alex Neil MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson MSP 2014–present
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead MSP 2007–present
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP 2011–present

Junior Ministers[edit]

Office Name Term
Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP 2014–present
Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP 2014–present
Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay MSP 2014–present
Minister for Youth and Women's Employment Annabelle Ewing MSP 2014–present
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell MSP 2014–present
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages Dr Alasdair Allan MSP 2014–present
Minister for Public Health Maureen Watt MSP 2014–present
Minister for Sport and Health Improvement Jamie Hepburn MSP 2014–present
Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi MSP 2014–present
Minister for Housing and Welfare Margaret Burgess MSP 2014–present
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse MSP 2014–present
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Dr Aileen McLeod MSP 2014–present
Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP 2014–present

Law Officers[edit]

Office Name Term
Lord Advocate The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC 2014–present
Solicitor General for Scotland Lesley Thomson 2014–present

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