Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
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The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet.
The Minister for Community Safety has specific responsibility for anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, human rights and fire and rescue services. Community safety, civil contingencies, drugs policy and related matters, liquor licensing, vulnerable witnesses, victim support and civil law, charity law, religious and faith organisations are other matters for which the minister has responsibility.
From 1999 to 2007 responsibility for Community Safety rested with the Minister for Justice and the Deputy Minister for Justice. The Salmond government, elected following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election created the junior post of the Minister for Community Safety who assists the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, in the Scottish Executive Justice Department. After the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the post was renamed Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and was given additional responsibilities for tackling sectarianism.
List of office holders
The current Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs is Paul Wheelhouse MSP.
|Name||Portrait||Entered office||Left office||Party||First Minister|
|Angus MacKay||19 May 1999||2 November 2000||Labour||Donald Dewar|
|Iain Gray||2 November 2000||28 November 2001||Labour||Henry McLeish|
|Richard Simpson||28 November 2001||26 November 2002||Labour||Jack McConnell|
|Hugh Henry||28 November 2002||14 November 2006||Labour|
|Johann Lamont||16 November 2006||17 May 2007||Labour|
|Fergus Ewing||17 May 2007||20 May 2011||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Roseanna Cunningham||20 May 2011||21 November 2014||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Paul Wheelhouse||21 November 2014||18 May 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Annabelle Ewing||18 May 2016||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
- The Scottish Cabinet on Scottish Government website
- Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs on Scottish Government website