Second Sturgeon government
8th devolved administration of Scotland
2016–2021
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First Minister Sturgeon's original cabinet at Bute House, 2016
Date formed18 May 2016
Date dissolved20 May 2021
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
First Minister's history2014–present
Deputy First MinisterJohn Swinney
Total no. of members26 (including First Minister)
Member party
  •   Scottish National Party
Status in legislatureMinority
63 / 129 (49%)

As of 2021:
61 / 129 (47%)
Opposition party
Opposition leaderRuth Davidson (2016-18)
Jackson Carlaw (2018-19)
Ruth Davidson (2019)
Jackson Carlaw (2019-20)
Ruth Davidson (2020–21)
History
Election(s)2016 general election
Outgoing election2021 general election
Legislature term(s)5th Scottish Parliament
PredecessorFirst Sturgeon government
SuccessorThird Sturgeon government

Nicola Sturgeon formed the second Sturgeon government following her Scottish National Party's victory in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. Sturgeon was nominated by a vote of the 5th Scottish Parliament for appointment to the post of first minister on 17 May 2016.[1] She was subsequently appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on 18 May, and announced formation of a new Scottish National Party minority government.[2]

The second Sturgeon government dissolved on 20 May 2021 following the 2021 election to the 6th Scottish Parliament, which saw Sturgeon re-elected to office and forming a third administration.

History

2016 to 2017

In the May 2016 Scottish Parliament election, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won 63 of the 129 seats contested. Incumbent First Minister Nicola Sturgeon soon afterwards announced her intention to form a minority government. She was nominated for the post of first minister by a vote of the Scottish Parliament on 17 May, defeating Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie by 63 votes to 5, with 59 abstentions.[1] Ahead of the formation of the new government, long-serving ministers Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead announced their resignations from the cabinet.[3] Sturgeon recommended the appointment of James Wolffe as Lord Advocate and Alison Di Rollo as Solicitor General on 31 May 2016. Their recommendation was confirmed by the Scottish Parliament on the same day.[4]

2018 to 2019

On the 26 June 2018, Sturgeon announced a cabinet reshuffle.[5] Long standing ministers such as Shona Robison and Angela Constance announced their resignation due to personal circumstances, with Keith Brown resigning to take his role as SNP Depute Leader. Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People was promoted to cabinet-level with more social security powers handed to the Scottish Parliament.

2020 to 2021

Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle, 2018.
Sturgeon's cabinet reshuffle, 2018.

On the 6 February 2020, on the day of the Scottish Budget, Nicola Sturgeon accepted Derek MacKay's resignation following an article by the Sun newspaper of inappropriate messages sent to a 16-year-old boy.[6] Kate Forbes, then Minister for Public Finance, delivered the Scottish Budget, with Sturgeon later promoting Forbes to Finance Secretary.

Sturgeon accepted the resignation of Joe FitzPatrick, Minister of Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, following Scotland's record high drug deaths. Sturgeon appointed Mairi Gougeon to succeed FitzPatrick, with Angela Constance re-entering government to serve as Minister for Drug Policy.

In the latter half of Sturgeon's administration, she and her government led the Scottish Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cabinets

May 2016 to June 2018

Cabinet[7][8][edit]

Post Minister Portrait Term
First Minister The Right Hon.Nicola Sturgeon MSP
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2016–2021
Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP
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2016–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay MSP
Derek Mackay (30670286194).jpg
2016–2020
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Shona Robison MSP
Shona Robison (26485974774).jpg
2016–2018
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP
Roseanna Cunningham (27058228096).jpg
2016–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP
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2016–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance MSP
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2016–2018
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson MSP
Michael Matheson (26485972794).jpg
2016–2018
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown MSP
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2016–2018
Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing MSP
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2016–2021

June 2018 to May 2021

Cabinet[9][edit]

Post Minister Portrait Term
First Minister The Right Hon.Nicola Sturgeon MSP
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2016–2021
Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP
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2016–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work Derek Mackay MSP
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2016–2020
Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes MSP
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2020–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman MSP
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2018–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP
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2016–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP 2016–2020
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture 2020–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government Aileen Campbell MSP
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2018–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf MSP
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2018–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing MSP
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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism 2016–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
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2018–2021
Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs Mike Russell MSP
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2018–2021
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP
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2018–2021

Junior Ministers

Junior ministers[10][edit]

Post Minister Term
Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd MSP 2017–2021
Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP 2016–2018
Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans Joe FitzPatrick MSP 2016–2018
Graeme Dey MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP 2016–2018
Paul Wheelhouse MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills 2016–2018
Jamie Hepburn MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing Aileen Campbell MSP 2016–2018
Joe FitzPatrick MSP 2018–2020
Mairi Gougeon MSP 2020-2021
Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt MSP 2016–2018
Clare Haughey MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing MSP 2016–2018
Ash Denham MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP 2016–2021
Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman OBE MSP 2016–2018
Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Alasdair Allan MSP 2016–2018
Ben Macpherson MSP 2018–2020
Jenny Gilruth MSP 2020–2021
Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe Michael Russell MSP 2016–2018
Minister for Older People and Equalities Christina McKelvie MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee MSP 2018–2021
Minister for Public Finance and Migration Kate Forbes MSP 2018–2020
Ben Macpherson MSP 2020–2021
Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment
Mairi Gougeon MSP 2018-2020
Minister for Drug Policy Angela Constance MSP 2020–2021

Scottish Law Officers

Law officers[4][edit]

Post Name Portrait Term
Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC
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2016–2021
Solicitor General for Scotland Alison Di Rollo QC
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2016–2021

References

  1. ^ a b "Nicola Sturgeon wins Scottish first minister vote". BBC News. BBC. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Scottish cabinet reshuffle: John Swinney becomes education secretary". BBC News. BBC. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead step down from Holyrood cabinet". BBC News. BBC. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Law Officer appointments". news.scotland.gov.uk. Scottish Government. 31 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  5. ^ Carrell, Severin (26 June 2018). "Nicola Sturgeon carries out major reshuffle of Scottish cabinet". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Carrell, Severin (6 February 2020). "Derek Mackay's resignation may derail SNP's policy agenda". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "New Scottish Cabinet unveiled". news.scotland.gov.uk. Scottish Government. 18 May 2016. Archived from the original on 19 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Ministers & Law Officers". parliament.scot. Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: who's in, who's out, who's up". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  10. ^ "First Minister completes ministerial team". news.scotland.gov.uk. Scottish Government. 18 May 2016. Archived from the original on 19 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.