Nicola Sturgeon’s top climate change aide Mairi McAllan given minister role after becoming MSP

Mairi McAllan was given the Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform brief as the First Minister reshuffled her junior ministerial team.

Previously the SNP chief’s taxpayer-funded special adviser on climate change, Ms McAllan, 28, is co-founder of the human rights organisation RebLaw Scotland.

The Glasgow Uni law graduate won the Clydesdale seat on May 6. Angus Robertson is the only other new MSP to land a ministerial role.

But two re-elected Nats — George Adam and Tom Arthur — were moved forward from the backbenches.

Mr Arthur became Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Minister, while Mr Adam is now Minister for Parliamentary Business.

Former Children’s Minister Maree Todd was switched to the Public Health brief.

She was replaced by Clare Haughey, who was previously Mental Health Minister.

The Mental Wellbeing and Social Care role went to ex- Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, while Richard Lochhead was transferred from higher and further education to be Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work.

His old job went to Jamie Hepburn, who has the added responsibility of youth emp-loyment and training.

Ivan McKee was picked for Mr Hepburn’s former role as Business Minster, with added responsibilities for tourism, trade and enterprise.

Ben Macpherson has moved from Rural Affairs and Natural Environment to become Minister for Social Security and Local Government, while ex-Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey is now covering transport.

Staying put in the same roles are Community Safety Minister Ash Denham, Europe Minister Jenny Gilruth, Drugs Policy Minister Angela Constance and Christina McKelvie, the Minister for Older People and Equalities.

Ms Sturgeon said: “This term of office is unquestionably the most important one the nation has faced since devolution more than 20 years ago.

“In the next five years we have a chance to shape Scotland permanently for the better — creating a healthier, happier, fairer, more prosperous and more sustainable country for everyone who calls Scotland home and establishing a positive legacy for future generations.”



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