Second Sturgeon government
|Second Sturgeon government|
|8th devolved government of Scotland|
|Date formed||18 May 2016|
|People and organisations|
|Head of government||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Head of state||Elizabeth II|
|Total number of ministers||24|
|Member party||Scottish National Party|
|Status in legislature||Minority|
|Legislature term(s)||5th Scottish Parliament|
|Predecessor||First 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. She was subsequently appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on 18 May, and announced formation of a new Scottish National Party minority government.
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 Democrats leader Willie Rennie by 63 votes to 5, with 59 abstentions. Ahead of the formation of the new government, long-serving ministers Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead announced their resignations from the cabinet. 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.
List of ministers
|First Minister||The Right Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP||2016–present|
|Deputy First Minister||John Swinney MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution||Derek Mackay MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport||Shona Robison MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform||Roseanna Cunningham MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs||Fiona Hyslop MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities||Angela Constance MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Justice||Michael Matheson MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work||Keith Brown MSP||2016–present|
|Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity||Fergus Ewing MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Childcare and Early Years||Mark McDonald MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science||Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Parliamentary Business||Joe FitzPatrick MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Transport and the Islands||Humza Yousaf MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy||Paul Wheelhouse MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Employability and Training||Jamie Hepburn MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Public Health and Sport||Aileen Campbell MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Mental Health||Maureen Watt MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs||Annabelle Ewing MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Local Government and Housing||Kevin Stewart MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for Social Security||Jeane Freeman OBE MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for International Development and Europe||Alasdair Allan MSP||2016–present|
|Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe||Michael Russell MSP||2016–present|
|Lord Advocate||James Wolffe QC||2016–|
|Solicitor General for Scotland||Alison Di Rollo||2016–|
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- "Scottish cabinet reshuffle: John Swinney becomes education secretary". BBC News. BBC. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead step down from Holyrood cabinet". BBC News. BBC. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "Law Officer appointments". news.scotland.gov.uk. Scottish Government. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
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- "Ministers & Law Officers". parliament.scot. Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- "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.
- The Minister for Parliamentary Business and the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe both attend Cabinet.