Cabinet recognition again for Transport

TRANSPORT is again joining other key Scottish Government priorities by being included in the portfolio of a Scottish Government cabinet member.

Màiri McAllan was previously Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition. Now she has had Transport added to her remit, with former Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, re-joining the government as the new Minister for Transport.

Previously, Michael Mathieson held the Transport brief at cabinet level – he was Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport (appointed in August two years ago, here) – before he was announced as Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care in a cabinet re-shuffle at the end of this March, as detailed here.

Ms Hyslop’s appointment follows the stepping down, last week, of Kevin Stewart, as Transport Minister – as announced by the Scottish Government, here, and reported on placedesignscotland here.

Says the Scottish Government, here: “The move will see Ms McAllan take a greater day-to-day role in the transport brief. Responsibility for the Green Economy will move from Ms McAllan to Richard Lochhead, who will report to her for these issues, freeing Ms McAllan to take on a greater role in transport.

“Mr Lochhead’s new title will be Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade.

“In addition, the First Minster has also amended the role of Gillian Martin, adding responsibilities to her remit and changing her title to ‘Minister for Energy and the Environment’. She will report jointly to the Cabinet Secretary for the Wellbeing Economy and to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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