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Major ministerial reshuffle preserves Stewart’s planning role

Words: Roger Milne

First minister Nicola Sturgeon's biggest cabinet reshuffle to date saw the resignation this week of Angela Constance, the former Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. Her portfolio included local government.

Planning minister Kevin Stewart remains in post piloting the planning legislation, but with a new responsibility involving the implementation of the recommendations made by the administration’s Homelessness Taskforce.

His boss has been replaced by former public health minister Aileen Campbell. Former transport minister Humza Yousaf has been promoted to justice secretary, replacing Michael Matheson, who becomes Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Town centres and city and growth deals are part of his portfolio.

Deputy first minister John Swinney, rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing and environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham have retained their previous roles.

Paul Wheelhouse will take on a new role of minister for energy, connectivity and the islands. He will oversee the delivery of 100 per cent superfast broadband across Scotland and implementation of the Islands bill.

SNP depute leader Keith Brown has left his role as economy secretary. Finance secretary Derek Mackay will now lead on the economy.

The FM insisted the new line-up brought “fresh talent to the government and ensures that we are fully equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities facing the country in the months and years ahead”.

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