Kates Forbes will become Scotland’s new Finance Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. It follows the resignation of Derek Mackay, who was forced to step down from the post after details of him sending inappropriate text messages to a schoolboy emerged.
Forbes stepped in at the last minute to deliver Mackay’s budget earlier this month.
Sturgeon has also announced that Fergus Ewing will take on the role as Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, while Fiona Hyslop will take on the new job of Economy, Fair Work and Culture Secretary, replacing her existing role as External Affairs Secretary.
As the process of Brexit, and the discussion on Scotland’s constitutional future move into a new phase, Michael Russell’s responsibilities will be expanded as Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs.
Commenting on the appointment of a new Ministerial line-up, UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod said, “Congratulations to Kate and Fergus on their appointments. We now have two strong voices for tourism and hospitality in the Cabinet, which is crucial as the sector is a vital component of Scotland’s economic offering as well as a valuable part of tourism and culture.
“There was plenty for Scotland’s hospitality sector to be positive about in the Budget two weeks ago and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government to help deliver it. A close working relationship will be crucial if we are to help boost the industry, ensure an informed debate and outcome regarding tourist tax, and make sure that migration and improving skills cater adequately for hospitality’s needs.”