SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

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   THE CABINET

Picture. Nicola Sturgeon; (l-r) 1st. row: Keith Brown, Shona Robison, John Swinney & Fiona Hyslop. 2nd. row: Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Derek Mackay, Angela Constance & Fergus Ewing.  Bute House, May 2016. 

 

First Minister:   NICOLA STURGEON                                                                                       

Deputy First Minister.  Sec. for Education & Skills  --  JOHN SWINNEY

Sec. for Finance & Constitution  --  DEREK MACKAY

Sec. for the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work --  KEITH BROWN

Sec. for Health & Sport  --  SHONA ROBISON

Sec. for Justice  --  MICHAEL MATHESON

Sec. for Communities, Social Security & Equalities --  ANGELA CONSTANCE

Sec. for the Rural Economy & Connectivity  --  FERGUS EWING  

Sec. for the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform -- ROSEANNA CUNNINGHAM

Sec. for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs --  FIONA HYSLOP

                                                                                                                      

See below for:   Progress towards Independence  *  Government programme  *  Full list of Cabinet Secretaries & Ministers  *  MSPs elected on 5 May 2016   

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UPdates!

In case you missed reading about any of these Scottish "good news" stories in the mainstream media, here are some of the SNP Government's recent achievements, announced in June--July 2017. 

► Scotland's economy grew by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2017 -- four times the UK rate.

► At 3.8%, Scottish  unemployment is at its lowest since 1992, and the lowest in the UK.  Our youth unemployment is the 3rd lowest in the European Union.

► We have had the best hospital Accident & Emergencies (A&Es) performance in the UK for 26 months straight.

► The SNP Government has published the Bill to create our own social security system, with fairness and dignity at its heart. 

► In the first three months of 2017, Scottish food & drink products worth £1.2billion were exported --- up £124million on 2016, and a 10% increase.

► It was announced that the Queensferry Crossing, over the Forth, will officially open to traffic on Wednesday, August 30. 

► Last year 7,839 jobs were secured in Scotland through inward investment, up 10%.

► The number of young people getting qualifications at Higher level or above is increasing, with those from the poorest parts of the country leaving school with at least one more Higher qualification. 

► Our tourism industry is booming. In the last 12 months, we had 2.7million visitors from around the world, and they spent more while they were here.

► An SNP Government and National Lottery fund to incentivise film production in Scotland has generated £17.5million for the economy, a return of  £10 for every pound spent. The Film Production Growth Fund will benefit from a further £250,000, to take it to £3.25million.

### For more information and links, click on:--  https://www.snp.org/updates                        

 

Taking control of our RAILWAYS                                                                                                       

ScotRail, the country's railway network, could come under public ownership.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf  says the SNP Government wants there to be a "public sector bidder" when the Dutch-owned Abellio's franchise expires in 2025.  Several options are being considered. They include the creation of a Government-owned company or a public-private sector partnership to take over the service.

Other possible publicly-owned candidates for the franchise are Calmac Ferries, the Transport for Edinburgh group and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. On July 1, the minister said: "We have identified several possible vehicles that could potentially take forward a public sector bid. Transport Scotland is now working on gathering further evidence that will narrow down the options once that exercise is complete." Mr. Yousaf will report to Parliament after the summer recess.

The planned reforms have met with considerable approval from the transport unions. Sam Tarry of TSSA said: "The Scottish Government has recognised that the sole beneficiaries of ScotRail, and any profits it makes, should be the Scottish people. Now there is the exciting prospect of breaking with decades of privatisation dogma -- and instead looking at modern publicly-owned and operated ways of running Scotland's railways. We are looking forward to working with the Scottish Government every step of the way." Mick Hogg, the Scottish organiser of RMT, said: "We want to see the renationalisation of the railways. We have a strong sense that Humza Yousaf is speaking our language and is ticking the right boxes."  ASLEF also welcomed the plans.

### Although the cross-border InterCity East Coast service is branded as "Virgin Trains", the Virgin Group only has a 10% stake in the operation. The other 90% is held by the Perth-based Stagecoach Group. InterCity West Coast trains also carry the Virgin brand. The service is operated by the Virgin Rail Group, which is 49% owned by Stagecoach.

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Independence REFERENDUM

The SNP Government's success in winning a third term at Holyrood -- and 35 of Scotland's 59 Westminster MPs -- must be acknowledged as an ongoing mandate to step up its campaign to achieve Scotland's self-government.   

The party's manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary election said:  "The Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum.....if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out the EU against our will.”  It is therefore a statement of the obvious that the option of a second referendum must be a serious consideration. However, the Government judged that it would be tactically disadvantageous to move too quickly. When the EU's Article 50 process is triggered, the UK will be on a two-year path to Europe's exit door. In the interim, a decisive "Yes" for independence would undoubtedly be the best -- possibly only -- way to protect our place in Europe.

Since then, the EU Referendum result, together with other political developments, have inevitably propelled the nation into seeking another referendum on independence. The prospect of a second national poll on the constitution is causing considerable concern to the unionist parties. It is patently obvious that they desperately wanted the vote in September 2014 to be a "once in a lifetime decision" -- as though the opinions and ambitions of the Scottish people could somehow be frozen in time!  But another referendum is going to happen whether they like it or not. The SNP's massive election successes since the ground-breaking, status-quo-busting poll have understandably boosted widespread enthusiasm for another plebiscite. But when will it be held?  On 23 June 2016, every one of Scotland's 32 local authority areas (see map) voted to remain in the European Union, which was in stark contrast to the leave result in most of England and Wales.

A draft Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, giving Scotland the ability to consider the option of national independence -- before the UK leaves the EU -- was published for consultation on 20 October 2016. The consultation, which ran until January, invited views on how the referendum would be run. It is likely that the plebiscite will be organised in a similar way to the first, with technical adjustments to reflect recent changes in election law and procedures, such as individual registration. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon put the nation on high alert on March 13, at a press conference in Bute House. She said: "If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand -- or at least within a short time after it -- that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period outside not just the EU but also the single market. That could make the task of negotiating a different future much more difficult. These considerations lead me to the conclusion that if Scotland is to have a real choice -- when the terms of Brexit are known, but before it is too late to choose our own course -- then that choice should be offered between the autumn of 2018, and the spring of 2019."

The draft Bill is set out as an appendix to the consultation document. On March 28, the Bill was comfortably passed by the Scottish Parliament, by 69 votes to 59. Derek Mackay, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance & the Constitution, commented: “It is important that a referendum on independence, like that in 2014, meets the 'gold standard' in terms of fairness, transparency and propriety. The franchise will be the same as that for the Scottish Parliament. That will mean two important groups of people would have a voice which had been denied to them in the recent EU Referendum, i.e. 16 and 17 year-olds, and citizens of EU countries who have made Scotland their home. As in 2014, voters will be asked to answer 'Yes' or 'No' to the question "Do you think Scotland should be an independent country?"

Choosing the best time to ask the Scottish people again will also obviously depend on a healthy lead for 'Yes' in opinion polls -- if their accuracy can be verified and trusted. When the stakes are so high, it is essential we get this right. Impatience is perfectly understandable, but surely it is better to wait and win, than rush and crash! The result of the totally unneccessary UK General Election in June 2017 pruduced a predictable plethora of negative knee-jerk reactions, many suggesting that the referendum should be delayed for up to 3-5 years. Whenever it comes, we will have the benefit of hindsight. Because many valuable lessons were learned from the previous exercise, it would not be a re-run of the 2014 plebiscite. In all probability, Labour, Tories and what's left of the Liberals can count on another relentless stream of anti-Scottish propaganda (blatant or subtle), primarily from the state broadcaster and most of the mainstream media, to assist them in their desire to quash Scotland's political will. But the unionists know that they can't rely on the same old lies, distortions, misrepresentations, dodgy statistics and scare stories to deliver a No majority the next time. As the old saying goes: "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."

###  To pledge your support.  Click on:  www.ref.scot/                    

###  Scottish Independence Referendum Bill.  Click on the SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT link on this page.

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GROWTH COMMISSION established                                                                                               

A Growth Commission has been set up by the SNP. The remit of its 14 experts will be to assess post-independence projections for Scotland’s economy and public finances. 

The group will report directly to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as the SNP seeks to build a “sound, transparent and firm prospectus” for independence. It will explore the possible economic policies of an independent Scotland -- including what currency the country could use -- and make recommendations on measures to boost economic growth and improve the nation's public finances, both in the aftermath of the EU referendum and in the context of self-government. The Commission will look at the potential savings to be made from the abandonment of ultra-expensive UK programmes like the renewal of the Trident missile system; and a range of future revenue windfalls, including North Sea oil revenues. It will draw, where appropriate, on externally commissioned research and expertise. 

On 16 September 2016, it was announced that the Commission would be chaired by Andrew Wilson (pictured), and include leading Scottish business figures, renowned economists and politicians. The members are:--

Andrew Wilson (Chair) -- former SNP MSP and Economy & Finance spokesperson. Founding Partner, Charlotte St. Partners.

Cllr. Marie Burns -- shadow Economy & Communities Spokesperson, North Ayrshire Council. Former Director of Skills Interventions at Skills Development Scotland.

Prof. Iain Docherty -- Professor of Public Policy & Governance, University of Glasgow. 

Kate Forbes -- MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch. 

Prof. Andrew Hughes Hallett -- Professor of Economics & Public Policy, George Mason University and University of St Andrews. 

Dan McDonald -- businessman and Founder of the N56 group. 

Derek Mackay -- Cabinet Secretary for Finance & the Constitution. 

Marie Macklin CBE -- Chief Executive of the Klin Group and Macklin Enterprise Partnership. 

Jim Mather -- former Enterprise Minister. Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde and Heriot Watt University

Roger Mullin MP -- SNP Westminster Finance Spokesperson. 

Prof. Catherine Schenk -- Professor of International Economic History, University of Glasgow

Mark Shaw -- Chief Executive of Hazledene. 

Shirley-Anne Somerville -- Minister for Further & Higher Education and Science. 

Petra Wetzel -- Founder and Managing Director of the WEST Brewery.

### More information at :  www.snp.org/snp_growth_commission       

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Working to stay in the EUROPEAN UNION

The Scottish Government is striving to deliver what Scotland voted for --  to stay in the European family of nations.

Our Government is engaged in discussions with EU countries and institutions to explore all options to protect Scotland’s place in Europe.  An advisory panel, made up of a range of experts who can advise the Scottish Government on legal, financial and diplomatic matters, has been established. The cultural and economic contribution of 127,000 citizens of EU countries resident in Scotland is valued and, despite the negative UK vote, are obviously very welcome to stay with us. The consuls-general of all EU member states attended a summit meeting at Bute House in 2016, to reassure them that their citizens living in Scotland remain welcome.  Scottish Government Ministers are talking to businesses, to reassure them that as of now Scotland remains firmly in the European Union. All trade and business with the EU should continue as normal. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Our nation is being taken out of the EU against its will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable. And, of course, we face that prospect less than two years after being told that it was our own referendum on independence that would end our membership of the European Union, and that only a rejection of independence could protect it. Indeed, for many people the supposed guarantee of remaining in the EU was a driver in their decision to vote to stay within the UK. So there is no doubt that this represents a significant and a material change of the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence in 2014." The Scottish Government has had direct discussions with European Union institutions and its member states. The First Minister has met with Jean-Claude Junckerthe President of the European Commission, and with other leading politicians. All of the 27 EU nations have been informed that Scotland wants to stay in the EU, and that its Government intends to explore all possible avenues for doing so.

On 25 August 2016, Michael Russell was appointed as Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe. 

 

Support from STUC

On 12 July 2016, the First Minister met with the STUC General Council to discuss fair work and progressive workplace practices in light of the immediate and long-term implications for the Scottish economy of the referendum result. 

Ms. Sturgeon said:  “I want to stress that this Government will work with the STUC and trade unions to share information, and listen to and understand priorities and concerns. Scotland has a fundamentally strong economy, and we will continue to work with employers and trade unions to boost productivity, innovative work-places and inclusive growth. We will pursue every option to protect Scotland’s position in Europe and, by extension, the interests of EU citizens who live and work here."

“The European Union has been instrumental in strengthening and protecting workers’ rights, and enshrining key employment rights relating to pay, safe working conditions and the right to unionise. I firmly believe that EU membership delivers many social, economic and cultural benefits for individuals, business and communities across Scotland. We will pursue every option to protect Scotland’s position in Europe, and all the many benefits which that brings in terms of workers’ rights and social protections. That includes our place in the single market and the free movement of people.”

Grahame Smith, the STUC General Secretary, said: “We share the view of the First Minister that the best place for Scotland is firmly within the European Union. We are further assured that the FM is exploring every available option to retain Scotland’s membership within the EU, and is moving to positively address some of the challenges that have arisen in respect of the attitude of the Westminster Government. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Scottish Government to ensure that our shared commitments to inclusive sustainable economic growth continues.”

###  Go to the EUROPEAN UNION page for more information and updates.

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Using our new POWERS

Obviously, the limited powers set to be devolved to our Parliament in 2017 don't go nearly far enough to satisfy the people of Scotland.

However, the SNP will make full use of these, and any future devolved powers, to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country. The party's manifesto for the May 2016 election set out how the new powers will be implemented.          

The main provisions of the SCOTLAND BILL cover:--

The status of and arrangements for the Scottish Parliament, including elections. Ability to set rates and bands for a 29% proportion of Income Tax. Receipt of 50% of VAT revenues. Control over about 15% of existing social security benefits --11 in all -- including Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Carer's Allowance, funeral payments, Sure Start maternity grants and cold weather & winter fuel payments.

Adjustments to Employment Support and Universal Credit, including the housing element. Control over Work Programme and Work Choice, and some employment services and tribunals.

Setting the level of Air Passenger Duty, administration of the Crown Estate and control of the Transport Police. Powers over other matters such as equal opportunities, abortion, road signs, speed limits, onshore oil & gas extraction  and consumer advocacy & advice.

### Further information is available in the Citizens' Guide to Scottish Devolution, produced by the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee of the Scottish Parliament. Click on:-- www.parliament.scot/images/Parliament%20Publications/Your_Guide_Mar_2016.pdf

The Scottish Government will introduce a Social Security Bill in the 2016-17 Parliamentary session. It will lay the groundwork for the establishment of a new domestic Social Security Agency, to oversee the administration of welfare benefits being devolved from Westminster this year. The new agency will administer 11 existing disability and caring benefits, and other social security payments worth £2.7billion. They include Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Carer's Allowance, as well as control over funeral payments, Sure Start maternity grants and cold weather & winter fuel payments. It will will also have the power to top-up and create new benefits, and will be able to exercise flexibility in deciding how Universal Credit is paid by the UK Dept for Work & Pensions. The Scottish Government has already confirmed it will use its new powers to:--

Increase Carer’s Allowance to the same level as Jobseekers Allowance.
Abolish the Bedroom Tax.
Allow benefits claimants to be paid fortnightly rather than monthly.
Scrap the 84-day rule which removes income from the families of disabled children.
Abolish fees for employment tribunals.
Replace the Sure Start Maternity Grant with an expanded Maternity & Early Years Allowance -- restoring payments for second and subsequent children, and providing additional funding for children in low-income families when they start nursery and school.

Support people back into employment by replacing the Work Programme and Work Choice.

The SNP Government will ensure that social security delivery is accessible, and commands the confidence of users by being cost-effective and well-managed. There will be a 'phased transition' of the administration of powers over the next few years. This will be overseen by Angela Constance, the Secretary for Communities, Social Security & Equalities. The immediate priority is to make sure there is a smooth transfer of these benefits, and that households continue to receive them on time and in the right amount. The Government has already carried out extensive consultation and discussions with service users and stakeholders, and will continue that work as it develops its policy approach to the delivery of the new benefits. Longer term, the Social Security Agency will also ensure that services are aligned, and work together for the benefit of the people of Scotland. 

Revenue Scotland will be the authority responsible for the administration of the country's devolved taxes, which will continue to be collected by the UK Government's severely reduced HM Revenue & Customs offices. The Scottish Government has confirmed it will also use its new powers to:-- Bring forward legislation on gender balance in public sector boards in the first year of the next Parliament; enable the public sector to run Scotland’s railways; reduce Air Passenger Duty by half over the course of the next Parliament – further boosting the country's tourist industry and wider economy; assist communities to benefit from the revenues generated off our shores by the Crown Estate; and ensure money from court fines paid in Scotland stays in Scotland.

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            SCOTLAND MARCHES ON!

The people of Scotland decided that the referendum in Sept. 2014 was merely a milestone on our road to independence.

 

Video: Allan Patterson.  Music: "Tu-Bardh" by Clanadonia

      

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                   THE NEXT STAGE OF OUR JOURNEY

On 5 May and 23 June 2016, we grasped the opportunity to take decisive steps to statehood -- to put Scotland on a par with other European nations

         Video: Allan Patterson

      

       Click on:   https://www.facebook.com/allan.patterson2020/videos/816831831796211

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  GOVERNING SCOTLAND

Because of the continuing restrictions imposed by devolution, our Government is not permitted to utilise all of the nation's resources for the benefit of the people.  Currently, Holyrood is almost wholly dependent on block grants or "pocket money" from London.

This means that the ambitions of the Government are necessarily constrained by British recessions and the ever-decreasing funds being made available by the Westminster Treasury. However, astute and careful budgeting by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay enabled key legislation to be enacted this year.

 

The Programme for Government was published on 6 September 2016. It contains key measures to promote fairness and equality, boost the economy and help vulnerable people. 

 

Legislative priorities for 2016-2017 will be as set out in the following BILLS:

Air Passenger Duty. The Scottish Parliament will now have the power over the taxation of air passengers, allowing a replacement for APD to be introduced. The replacement tax is planned to come into effect in April 2018. The Bill will set out the scope of the tax, including the structure of rates and bands, and flight and passenger exemptions. 

Budget. Provides Parliamentary approval for the Scottish Government’s spending plans for the new financial year. It will allow for the allocation of resources to its strategic objectives, and support progress towards its vision of a more successful nation. All of Scotland will have opportunities to flourish through an increase in sustainable economic growth.

Child Poverty.  Will replace the recently repealed sections of the UK Child Poverty Act 2010, concerning targets and strategies in relation to child poverty. Specifically, the Bill will enshrine in legislation the ambition to eradicate child poverty and place a duty on Scottish Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Delivery Plan every five years and to report on that plan annually.

Contract (Third Party Rights). The Bill will implement the recommendations contained in the Scottish Law Commission Report on Third Party Rights in Contract. It will reform the current rule of contract law which creates an enforceable right in favour of a third party and replace it with a statutory version.

Domestic Abuse. Around 60,000 such incidents are reported to police each year, of which 79% involve a female victim and a male perpetrator.  The Bill will create a new offence of domestic abuse that will include criminalisation of psychological abuse that can be difficult to deal with under existing laws; ensure appropriate penalties are available to deal with abusers; and provide a range of associated measures to modernise the justice system response to domestic abuse. This will place Scotland at the forefront of nations in tackling the true nature of the offences. 

Expenses & Funding of Civil Litigation. An important part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making the civil justice system more accessible, affordable and equitable. It will introduce measures to make the costs of civil action more predictable, to extend the funding options for pursuers, and to bring more equality to the funding relationship between claimants and defenders in personal injury actions. 

Forestry.  Will ensure the Scottish Government has control of all aspects of forestry, and introduce new arrangements for its governance, development, support and regulation. Scotland Act Orders will be used to wind up the Forestry Commission as a cross-border public authority, and facilitate the establishment of a forestry and land management body which will focus initially on the development and management of the Scottish Ministers’ National Forest Estate.

Gender Balance on Public Boards. This will be a significant step towards the realisation of women’s equality in Scotland. Positive action will be taken to redress gender imbalances on public sector boards. The Bill will apply to non-executive appointments to the boards of Scottish public authorities.

Housing (Amendment).  This will ensure that registered social landlords (RSLs) continue to be classified as private sector bodies. That classification is at risk because some of the powers of the Scottish Housing Regulator are likely to cause the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to classify RSLs to the public sector as public corporations. The Bill will provide the basis for removing the need for the Regulator’s consent to the disposal of assets by RSLs; limiting the Regulator’s ability to appoint members and managers to RSLs; and removing the need for the Regulator’s consent to the restructuring, winding up and dissolution of RSLs. 

Islands. This will build on the work of the Island Areas Ministerial Working Group and last year’s consultation. It will reflect the unique needs of Scotland’s islands and include measures such as: provision for island-proof future legislation and policies; creation of a National Islands Plan; statutory protection for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Scottish parliamentary constituency boundary; greater flexibility around councillor representation (ward sizes) within island communities; and extension of powers to island councils. 

Limitation (Childhood Abuse). This fulfils a recommendation from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, by removing a barrier for child abuse survivors to access civil justice. The Bill will include the removal of the three-year limitation period for personal injury actions, where the person raising the action was a child (under the age of 18) at the time the injury occurred, and the act or omission to which the child’s injuries were attributable constituted abuse.

Railway Policing. This will exercise the competence over railway policing devolved to the Scottish Parliament, by conferring railway policing powers to Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. It will also put in place funding arrangements in respect of those functions in preparation for the integration of the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland into Police Scotland.

Social Security. This will take forward the Scottish Government’s priorities for the social security powers that are to be devolved, ahead of the establishment of a new Social Security Agency. Evidence gathered from a wide-ranging consultation on social security will inform the final content of the Bill. It will deliver on the Scottish Government’s policy commitments, including the increase of Carer’s Allowance to the level of Jobseeker’s Allowance, and replacing Sure Start Maternity Grants with a new maternity and early years allowance called the Best Start Grant.

Wild Animals in Circuses. This will  ban the performance and exhibition of such animals in travelling circuses, on the basis that this practice is morally objectionable to a large proportion of Scottish society. Enforcement provisions and sanctions will be put in place for non-compliance with the ban. 

Referendum. A draft bill to hold a Referendum on Independence will be published for consultation. This will ready for introduction should the Scottish Government conclude – and decide to seek Parliament’s agreement – that independence is the best or only way to protect Scotland’s interests in the wake of the UK decision to leave the Eoropean Union. 

 

### You can view A PLAN FOR SCOTLAND: The Government's Programme for Scotland 2016-17, by clicking on the Scottish Government link on this page.

A list of the SNP Government's principal achievements is at:--   http://www.snp.org/record                                                 

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Cabinet Secretaries & Ministers                

First Minister.............................................................................................................................NICOLA STURGEON

   Minister for Parliamentary Business:                                Joe Fitzpatrick

Deputy First Minister.  Secretary for Education & Skills...............................................................JOHN SWINNEY

   Minister for Childcare & Early Years:                                Mark McDonald

   Minister for Further & Higher Education & Science:            Shirley-Anne Somerville

Secretary for Finance & Constitution............................................................................................DEREK MACKAY

Secretary for the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work................................................................................KEITH BROWN

   Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy:                      Paul Wheelhouse

   Minister for Employability & Training:                               Jamie Hepburn

Secretary for Health & Sport........................................................................................................SHONA ROBISON 

   Minister for Public Health & Sport:                                    Aileen Campbell  

   Minister for Mental Health:                                               Maureen Watt

Secretary for Justice..............................................................................................................MICHAEL MATHESON

   Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs:                  Annabelle Ewing

Secretary for Communities, Social Security & Equalities......................................................ANGELA CONSTANCE

   Minister for Local Government & Housing:                        Kevin Stewart          

   Minister for Social Security:                                             Jeane Freeman                                         

Secretary for the Rural Economy & Connectivity..........................................................................FERGUS EWING

   Minister for Transport & the Islands:                                 Humza Yousaf

Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform......................................ROSEANNA CUNNINGHAM

Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs.........................................................................FIONA HYSLOP

   Minister for International Development & Europe:              Alasdair Allan

 

LAW OFFICERS                                                                                                                                                                  

Lord Advocate:   James Wolffe QC                                                                    

Solicitor General:   Alison Di Rollo

 

*** To see responsibilities of Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers click on:  www.scotland.gov.uk/About/People/Ministers

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                                       MSPs elected on 5 May 2016                                        

73 candidates (46.5%) and 59 Constituency MSPs:-- 

Kevin Stewart (Aberdeen Central), Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside), Maureen Watt (Aberdeen South & North Kincardine), Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East), Alex Neil (Airdrie & Shotts), Angela Constance (Almond Valley), Mairi Evans (Angus North & Mearns), Graeme Dey (Angus South), Michael Russell (Argyll & Bute), Stewart Stevenson (Banffshire & Buchan Coast), Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland & Ross), Jeane Freeman (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley), Keith Brown (Clackmannanshire & Dunblane), Gil Paterson (Clydebank & Milngavie), Aileen Campbell (Clydesdale), Fulton MacGregor* (Coatbridge & Chryston), Annabelle Ewing* (Cowdenbeath), Jamie Hepburn (Cumbernauld & Kilsyth), Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North), Ruth Maguire (Cunninghame South), Shona Robison (Dundee City East), Joe Fitzpatrick (Dundee City West), Shirley-Anne Somerville* (Dunfermline), Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride), Ash Denham (Edinburgh Eastern), Ben Macpherson* (Edinburgh North & Leith), Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands),  Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East), Michael Matheson (Falkirk West), Jenny Gilruth (Fife,Mid & Glenrothes), Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland), James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart), Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin), Bob Doris* (Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn), Humza Yousaf* (Glasgow Pollok), Ivan McKee* (Glasgow Provan), John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston), Nicola Sturgeon (Glasgow Southside), Stuart McMillan* (Greenock & Inverclyde), Christina McKelvie (Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse), Fergus Ewing (Inverness & Nairn), Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley), David Torrance (Kirkcaldy), Fiona Hyslop (Linlithgow), Colin Beattie (Midlothian North & Musselburgh), Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale), Richard Lochhead (Moray), Clare Adamson*(Motherwell & Wishaw), Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar), George Adam (Paisley), John Swinney (Perthshire North), Roseanna Cunningham (Perthshire South & Kinross-shire), Derek Mackay (Renfrewshire North & West), Tom Arthur* (Renfrewshire South), Clare Haughey* (Rutherglen), Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch), Bruce Crawford (Stirling), Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin & Bearsden), Richard Lyle* (Uddingston & Bellshill).      *= gains from Labour.

4 Regional List MSPs (41.7%):--

Highlands & Islands -- Maree ToddSouth -- Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine and Paul Wheelhouse.  Total 59+4 =63.   NICOLA STURGEON is First Minister and John Swinney Deputy First Minister at head of minority Government.    Leader of the Opposition: Ruth Davidson (Conservative).   Presiding Officer: Ken Macintosh. 

                                

                                          SNP MSPs in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament, on 12 May 2016