Sturgeon Appoints New Secretary For The Environment

Roseanna Cunningham has taken over the role of Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

The news follows the announcement yesterday (18 May) that Richard Lochhead has stepped down from the Scottish Cabinet.

The former resources Secretary informed Nicola Sturgeon of his intention in a letter obtained by BBC Scotland as she prepared to reshuffle her team.

In the letter he stated that it had been an “absolute privilege” to serve in the cabinet, first under Alex Salmond and now Ms Sturgeon.

Cunningham, SNP MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, had previously served as a Minister for the Environment from 2009 to 2011.

Her duties in the role have been announced to include climate change, while rural affairs will be handled separately by the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

Other duties include: “Flood prevention, water quality, Land reform, Physical and marine environment, Sustainable development, Biodiversity, Natural heritage, Environmental protection, Environmental and climate justice, National parks, Scottish Water.”

Ministerial Background

Since 2009, Roseanna has been a Minister in the Scottish Government, covering three portfolios.

In 2009 she was appointed Minister for the Environment and in 2010, climate change was added to her portfolio.  As Minister, Roseanna led the Crofting Bill and the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill through Parliament.

In 2011, Roseanna took on a new role in the Scottish Government as Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs. Her remit covered sectarianism, fire service reform and community integration.

Following Nicola Sturgeon’s appointment as First Minister in November 2014, Ms Sturgeon promoted Roseanna to the new post of Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training.

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