First Salmond government
|First Salmond government|
|5th devolved government of Scotland|
|Date formed||16 May 2007|
|Date dissolved||18 May 2011|
|People and organisations|
|Head of government||Alex Salmond|
|Head of state||Elizabeth II|
|Total number 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, with confidence and supply support from the Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Conservative Party. 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.
On 16 May 2007, a few hours after Salmond was sworn in by parliament, he announced a 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|
- "Salmond announces his new cabinet". BBC News. 16 May 2007.
- "Legal official loses Cabinet seat". BBC News. 22 May 2007.
- "Cabinet and ministers at-a-glance - A guide to who's who in the Scottish government". BBC News online. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "Ministers & Law Officers". www.scottish.parliament.uk. Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2016.