Second Salmond government
6th devolved administration of Scotland
2011–2014
Scottish Cabinet, May 2011.jpg
Salmond and his cabinet at Bute House, 2011
Date formed19 May 2011
Date dissolved19 November 2014
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterAlex Salmond
First Minister's history2007–2014
Deputy First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
Member party
  •   Scottish National Party
Status in legislatureMajority
69 / 129 (53%)
Opposition party
Opposition leaderIain Gray (2011)
Johann Lamont (2011-14)
Jackie Baillie (2014)
History
Election(s)2011 general election
Legislature term(s)4th Scottish Parliament
PredecessorFirst Salmond government
SuccessorFirst Sturgeon government

Alex Salmond formed the second Salmond government on 19 May 2011 following his Scottish National Party's landslide victory in the 2011 election to the 4th Scottish Parliament. This was the first single-party majority government in the history of the devolved parliament. Salmond's second administration ended on 19 November 2014 in the aftermath of his resignation as First Minister of Scotland.

History

2011 to 2012

On 18 May 2011, after Salmond was re-elected as first minister, his cabinet was increased in size, from five cabinet secretaries to eight.[1][2] Nicola Sturgeon was re-appointed as Deputy First Minister and Health Secretary. John Swinney, Kenny McAskill and Richard Lochhead all remained in cabinet, with Fiona Hyslop returning, having served as Education Secretary from 2007 to 2009. Bruce Crawford and Alex Neil were promoted to cabinet.

2012 to 2013

In September 2012, Salmond made a snap reshuffle in light of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.[3] Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Neil switched roles, with Sturgeon taking on responsibility for the independence referendum. Bruce Crawford announced his retirement from government.

2013 to 2014

In 2014, Shona Robison and Angela Constance were promoted to cabinet. Robison over saw relations for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Constance saw matters of employment.

Salmond announced his resignation as leader of the Scottish National Party on 19 September 2014 following the Scottish independence referendum; his resignation as SNP Leader took effect on 14 November when Nicola Sturgeon was elected unopposed to replace him.

On the 18 November, Salmond officially resigned as first minister and two days later Sturgeon formed her first administration, dissolving Salmond's cabinet.

Cabinet

May 2011 to September 2012

Cabinet[4][edit]

Post Minister Portrait Term
First Minister The Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP
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2007–2014
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP
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2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy 2007–2012
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP
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2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP
Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning (1).jpg
2009–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy Bruce Crawford MSP
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2011–2012
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP
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2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP
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2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (1).jpg
2011–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil MSP
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2011–2012

September 2012 to November 2014

Cabinet[4][edit]

Post Minister Portrait Term
First Minister The Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP
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2007–2014
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP
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2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Capital Investment and Cities 2012–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP
John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Sustainable Growth (1).jpg
2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP
Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning (1).jpg
2009–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP
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2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP
Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment (1).jpg
2007–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (1).jpg
2011–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil MSP
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2012–2014
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance MSP
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2014
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights Shona Robison MSP
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2014

Junior ministers

Junior ministers[4][edit]

Post Minister 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 and Chief Whip Brian Adam MSP 2011–2012
Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe FitzPatrick MSP 2012–2014
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

Scottish law officers

Law officers[4][edit]

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

References

  1. ^ "First minister Alex Salmond unveils enlarged cabinet". BBC News. 19 May 2011.
  2. ^ Black, Andrew (20 May 2011). "At-a-glance: Scottish government cabinet". BBC News.
  3. ^ "Scottish reshuffle: Salmond appoints Sturgeon referendum supremo". the Guardian. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ministers, Law Officers, Parliamentary Liaison Officers by Cabinet: Session 4" (PDF). www.parliament.scot. Scottish Parliament. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2017.