First Sturgeon government

First Sturgeon government
7th devolved government of Scotland
Date formed 20 November 2014
Date dissolved 5 May 2016
People and organisations
Head of government Nicola Sturgeon
Head of state Elizabeth II
Total number of ministers 25
Member party Scottish National Party
Status in legislature Majority
Legislature term(s) 4th Scottish Parliament
Predecessor Second Salmond government
Successor Second Sturgeon government

Nicola Sturgeon formed the first Sturgeon government on 20 November 2014, following the resignation of previous Scottish National Party (SNP) First Minister Alex Salmond. Sturgeon, who had been deputy first minister under Salmond, was elected to succeed him by the SNP majority in the Scottish Parliament on 19 November 2014.


Following the defeat of the campaign for Scottish independence in a 2014 referendum, then First Minister Alex Salmond, who had arranged the referendum, announced that he would resign as Scottish National Party leader and first minister after a new leader was chosen.[1] Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was elected party leader unopposed at the SNP's annual conference on 14 November 2014. She was elected to succeed Salmond as First Minister by the Scottish Parliament on 19 November, and appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on the next day.[2]

On 21 November 2014 Sturgeon's first cabinet was announced. It was formed of ten people: Sturgeon and nine cabinet secretaries. It was gender-balanced with five men and five women.[3] There were thirteen junior ministerial positions outwith the cabinet.[4]

List of ministers

Post Minister Term
First Minister The Right Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP 201416
Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy 200716
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Shona Robison MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights Alex Neil MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson MSP 201416
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead MSP 200716
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP 201116
Post Minister Term
Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP 201416
Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP 201416
Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay MSP 201416
Minister for Youth and Women's Employment Annabelle Ewing MSP 201416
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell MSP 201416
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages Dr Alasdair Allan MSP 201416
Minister for Public Health Maureen Watt MSP 201416
Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health Jamie Hepburn MSP 201416
Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi MSP 201416
Minister for Housing and Welfare Margaret Burgess MSP 201416
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse MSP 201416
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Dr Aileen McLeod MSP 201416
Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP 201416
Post Name Term
Lord Advocate The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC 201416
Solicitor General for Scotland Lesley Thomson QC 201416


  1. Brooks, Libby (19 September 2014). "Alex Salmond's resignation could give Nicola Sturgeon her day of destiny". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. Campbell, Glenn (13 November 2014). "The transition from Alex Salmond to Nicola Sturgeon". BBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. Brooks, Libby (22 November 2014). "Nicola Sturgeon announces Scottish cabinet with equal gender balance". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  4. Maddox, David; Peterkin, Tom (22 November 2014). "Nicola Sturgeon reshuffle brings gender balance". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 "Ministers & Law Officers". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
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