First Minister Humza Yousaf appoints Scotland’s first female majority Cabinet
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First Minister of Scotland, Humza Yousaf, has appointed the new Scottish Cabinet.
For the first time ever, the Cabinet consists of a majority of women, and has five Cabinet Secretaries aged under 40.
“We’re ready to deliver the bold policies needed to drive Scotland’s Covid recovery, protect our NHS and drive a Just Transition to net zero,” a statement by the SNP reads.
It adds, “This is a Cabinet brimming with ambition and energy to deliver a radical, ambitious and progressive policy agenda.”
The new Cabinet appointed by Yousaf is as follows:
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Scottish Budget – Shona Robison
Scotland’s new Deputy First Minister Shona Robison is also appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Scottish Budget, driving forward plans to build a fairer and more prosperous nation.
Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care – Michael Matheson
Michael Matheson is the new Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, and will work to deliver on the post-pandemic remobilisation of Scotland’s NHS.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills- Jenny Gilruth
Jenny Gilruth is the new Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, continuing the party’s mission to tackle the attainment gap, tear down barriers to learning and end the digital divide.
Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy – Neil Gray
Neil Gray takes on the role as Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy, as the SNP works towards delivering its vision of Scotland an economy with wellbeing at its heart.
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition- Màiri McAllan
Màiri McAllan takes on the role as Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition, as we work towards meeting our world-leading climate targets and building a greener Scotland for all.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands- Mairi Gougeon
Mairi Gougeon continues in her expanded role as Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, taking charge of policies to empower and support Scotland’s rural communities.
Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture- Angus Robertson
Angus Robertson remains as the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, building Scotland’s international connections, working to enhance Scotland’s cultural footprint and preparing to deliver on Scotland’s right to have its choice on independence.
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice- Shirley-Anne Somerville
Shirley-Anne Somerville is the new Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, continuing the SNP’s bold plans to tackle child poverty and develop a social justice system based on compassion, not cruelty.
Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs- Angela Constance
Angela Constance is the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs, continuing the work to reform the justice system and build a safer Scotland.