Minister for Community Safety

The Minister for Community Safety is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet.[1] The post was created in May 1999 during the 1st Scottish Parliament as the Deputy Minister for Justice. Deputy ministers were renamed ministers after the election of the Scottish National Party in 2007. The minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet.[2]

The Minister for Community Safety has specific responsibility for:[2]

HistoryEdit

From 1999 to 2007 responsibility for Community Safety rested with the Minister for Justice and the Deputy Minister for Justice. The Salmond government, elected following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election created the junior post of the Minister for Community Safety who assists the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, in the Scottish Justice Department. After the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the post was renamed Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and was given additional responsibilities for tackling sectarianism. It was renamed again to simply Minister for Community Safety in June 2018.[2]

List of office holdersEdit

The current Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs is Ash Denham MSP.

Deputy Minister for JusticeEdit

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Angus MacKay   19 May 1999 2 November 2000 Labour Donald Dewar
Iain Gray   2 November 2000 28 November 2001 Labour Henry McLeish
Richard Simpson   28 November 2001 26 November 2002 Labour Jack McConnell
Hugh Henry   28 November 2002 14 November 2006 Labour
Johann Lamont   16 November 2006 17 May 2007 Labour

Minister for Community SafetyEdit

Fergus Ewing   17 May 2007 20 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Community Safety and Legal AffairsEdit

Roseanna Cunningham   20 May 2011 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Paul Wheelhouse   21 November 2014 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon
Annabelle Ewing   18 May 2016 26 June 2018 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Minister for Community SafetyEdit

Ash Denham   27 June 2018 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scotland Act (1998), Only those appointed under Section 47 of the Scotland Act "attend" Cabinet. Junior ministers are appointed under Section 49 and may be "present".
  2. ^ a b c "Minister for Community Safety". Scottish Government. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-06-27.

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