Second Salmond government

Second Salmond government
6th devolved government of Scotland
Date formed 18 May 2011
Date dissolved 19 November 2014
People and organisations
Head of government Alex Salmond
Head of state Elizabeth II
Member party Scottish National Party
Status in legislature Majority
Election(s) 2011 general election
Legislature term(s) 4th Scottish Parliament
Predecessor First Salmond government
Successor First Sturgeon government

Following the 2011 elections to the 4th Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party, led by Alex Salmond, formed the second Salmond government on 18 May 2011. This was the first majority government in the history of the devolved parliament.

Salmond announced his resignation as leader of the Scottish National Party on 19 September 2014 following the Scottish independence referendum; his resignation took effect on 14 November when Nicola Sturgeon was elected unopposed to replace him. The second Salmond government was dissolved upon Sturgeon becoming first minister on 19 November 2014, and replaced with the first Sturgeon government.


On 19 May 2011, after Salmond was re-elected as first minister, his cabinet was increased in size, from five cabinet secretaries to eight.[1][2]

List of ministers

Post Minister Term
First Minister The Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP 20072014
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP 20072014
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy 20072012
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities 20122014
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP 20072014
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell MSP 20092014
Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy Bruce Crawford MSP 20112012
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP 20072014
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP 20072014
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP 20112014
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil MSP 20112012
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing 20122014
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment Angela Constance MSP 2014
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights Shona Robison MSP 2014
Post Minister Term
Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP 20112014
Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP 20112014
Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP 20112014
Minister for Local Government and Planning Aileen Campbell MSP 2011
Derek MacKay MSP 20112014
Minister for Children and Young People Angela Constance MSP 20112014
Aileen Campbell MSP 20112014
Minister for Learning and Skills Dr Alasdair Allan MSP 2011
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages 20112014
Minister for Parliamentary Business and Chief Whip Brian Adam MSP 20112012
Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe FitzPatrick MSP 20122014
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham MSP 20112014
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson MSP 20112012
Paul Wheelhouse MSP 20122014
Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown MSP 20112012
Minister for Transport and Veterans 20122014
Post Name Term
Lord Advocate The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC 20112014
Solicitor General for Scotland Lesley Thomson QC 20112014


  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. 1 2 3 "Ministers & Law Officers". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
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