First Salmond government
|First Salmond government|
|5th devolved government of Scotland|
|Date formed||16 May 2007|
|Date dissolved||18 May 2011|
|People and organisations|
|First Minister||Alex Salmond|
|Total no. of ministers||16|
|Member party||Scottish National Party|
|Status in legislature||Minority|
|Legislature term(s)||3rd Scottish Parliament|
|Predecessor||Second McConnell government|
|Successor||Second Salmond government|
Having won the largest number of seats in the general election (47 of 129) the SNP sought to form a coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats. When those talks failed, the SNP chose to form a one-party minority government. The SNP and Scottish Greens signed an agreement where the Greens supported SNP ministerial appointments, but did not offer support for any confidence or budget votes ("confidence and supply"). SNP leader Alex Salmond was elected first minister on 16 May 2007; his slate of ministerial appointments were ratified by the Scottish Parliament the following day.
Due to the agreement signed with the Greens, Salmond's investiture vote was successful despite only having 47 of 129 seats in the Parliament. The vote was 49-46, with the SNP and Greens voting in favour and the 46 Scottish Labour MSPs voting against, with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats abstaining.
On 16 May 2007, a few hours after Salmond was sworn in by parliament, he announced his intention to form a government composed of five cabinet secretaries and ten junior ministers. Furthermore, the Lord Advocate lost her seat in the cabinet.
A cabinet reshuffle took place in February 2009.
List of ministers
|First Minister||The Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP||2007–2011|
|Deputy First Minister
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
|Nicola Sturgeon MSP||2007–2011|
|Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth||John Swinney MSP||2007–2011|
|Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning||Fiona Hyslop MSP||2007–2009|
|Michael Russell MSP||2009–2011|
|Cabinet Secretary for Justice||Kenny MacAskill MSP||2007–2011|
|Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment||Richard Lochhead MSP||2007–2011|
|Lord Advocate||The Right Hon. Elish Angiolini QC||2007–2011|
|Solicitor General for Scotland||The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC||2007–2011|
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- "Scottish Ministers, Law Officers and Parliamentary Liaison Officers by Cabinet: Session 3" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2016.