In pictures: Swinney announces new Cabinet after being sworn-in as FM

Kate Forbes appointed deputy FM but opposition politicians criticise continuity administration.

John Swinney has announced a new Cabinet after being officially sworn-in as First Minister on Wednesday.

The key announcement is the appointment of Kate Forbes as deputy first minister

She had challenged Humza Yousaf for the SNP leadership last year but opted not to stand against Swinney, who had promised her a “significant” role in his government.

Forbes, the youngest ever deputy FM, also takes on the economy portfolio and responsibility for Gaelic.

Elsewhere, there was little movement as Swinney opted to keep cabinet secretaries from Yousaf’s administration in their current roles.

Swinney said he had selected a Cabinet “that blends experience and energy, with a strong focus on the priorities my government will pursue.”

But opposition politicians have been quick to respond, with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross saying Swinney “has just spent hours reappointing the entire cabinet he inherited (from) Humza Yousaf to the same posts they failed in before”.

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour deputy leader Jackie Baillie said: “This is a continuity cabinet that cannot be trusted to fix the chaos they have created.”

Here is the make-up of Swinney’s 11-member Cabinet and their responsibilities:

Kate Forbes – Deputy FM, economy and Gaelic

Màiri McAllan – Net zero and energy

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Fiona Hyslop – Transport

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Neil Gray – Health and social care

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Shona Robison – Finance and local government

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Jenny Gilruth – Education and skills

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Angela Constance – Justice and home affairs

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Shirley-Anne Somerville – Social justice

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Mairi Gougeon – Rural affairs, land reform and islands

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Angus Robertson – Constitution, external affairs and culture

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