Clydesdale’s Aileen in new Cabinet appointment

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon promoted five Scottish ministers as part of her cabinet reshuffle, including Aileen Campbell. Pic:  Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon promoted five Scottish ministers as part of her cabinet reshuffle, including Aileen Campbell. Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today appointed a new, refreshed Scottish Government Cabinet.

And, our very own Clydesdale’s Aileen Campbell will become Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and lead the Scottish Government’s work to tackle poverty and inequality and, in partnership with councils, take forward plans to reform local governance.

The new appointments are designed to meet current challenges, introduce new talent and ensure the government is capitalising on all opportunities in taking forward its bold and ambitious programme for Scotland.

Five new Cabinet Secretaries have been appointed, with the overall size of the Cabinet increasing to 12 to reflect the increasing impact of Brexit on Scottish Government business, and ensure direct Cabinet oversight of the operational delivery of a new social security system.

The new appointments will be put to Parliament for approval tomorrow (Thursday, June 28).

Unveiling the new Cabinet line-up, the First Minister said: “The new Cabinet I am announcing brings fresh talent to the Scottish Government and ensures that we are fully equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities facing the country in the months and years ahead.

“With the impact of Brexit on our economy and wider society, it is right that the issues it presents are fully reflected at Cabinet level, while the delivery of a new Scottish social security system also requires a voice at the Cabinet table.

“Those appointments, together with the reshaped portfolios announced today, mean that people can have confidence that the Scottish Government will continue to deliver for people, public services and communities the length and breadth of the country.

“People already have high trust in the Scottish Government to look after their interests, and I am determined that this new, refreshed Cabinet will continue to repay that trust.

“I would like to place on record my thanks and gratitude to Keith Brown, Shona Robison and Angela Constance who are leaving Cabinet today for the hard work, commitment and dedication they have brought to the Government. Each of them has achievements that they can be proud of and I know that they will all continue to make a strong contribution to the cause of a better Scotland.

“I will shortly be appointing a fully refreshed junior ministerial team, which will also include a number of fresh faces and a wealth of new talent.”