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
Election(s) 2007
Outgoing election 2011
Legislature term(s) 3rd Scottish Parliament
Predecessor Second McConnell government
Successor Second Salmond government
The first meeting of the first Salmond government cabinet, on 22 May 2007

The first Salmond government, which was sworn in on 16 May 2007 at the start of the 3rd Scottish Parliament, was a Scottish National Party minority 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. The SNP and Scottish Greens signed an agreement where the Greens supported SNP ministerial appointments, but did not offer support for any confidence or budget votes ("confidence and supply").[1] 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.[2] Furthermore, the Lord Advocate lost her seat in the cabinet.[3]

A cabinet reshuffle took place in February 2009.[4]

List of ministers

Post Minister Term
First Minister The Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP 20072011
Deputy First Minister
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
Nicola Sturgeon MSP 20072011
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP 20072011
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Fiona Hyslop MSP 20072009
Michael Russell MSP 20092011
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP 20072011
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP 20072011
Post Minister Term
Minister for Parliamentary Business Bruce Crawford MSP 20072011
Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture Linda Fabiani MSP 20072009
Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution Mike Russell MSP 2009
Minister for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP 20092011
Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather MSP 20072011
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson MSP 20072010
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Keith Brown MSP 20102011
Minister for Schools and Skills Maureen Watt MSP 20072009
Keith Brown MSP 20092010
Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning
Angela Constance MSP 20102011
Minister for Children and Early Years Adam Ingram MSP 20072011
Minister for Public Health Shona Robison MSP 20072009
Minister for Public Health and Sport 20092011
Minister for Communities and Sport Stewart Maxwell MSP 20072009
Minister for Housing and Communities Alex Neil MSP 20092011
Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing MSP 20072011
Minister for Environment Mike Russell MSP 20072009
Roseanna Cunningham MSP 20092010
Minister for Environment and Climate Change 20102011
Post Name Term
Lord Advocate The Right Hon. Elish Angiolini QC 20072011
Solicitor General for Scotland The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC 20072011


  1. "SNP and Greens sign working deal". BBC News. BBC. 11 May 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. "Salmond announces his new cabinet". BBC News. 16 May 2007.
  3. "Legal official loses Cabinet seat". BBC News. 22 May 2007.
  4. "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.
  5. 1 2 3 "Ministers & Law Officers". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
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