Appointment of a new transport minister – Business Insider


The Scottish First Minister has announced two changes to her government, including the appointment of new Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth.

The appointment comes after Graeme Dey announced his resignation from his post for “health-related reasons” on Monday.

Gilruth’s role will include overseeing a range of policy areas, including the upcoming transfer of Scottish Railways into public hands, cutting carbon emissions from the country’s transport network and delivering new ferries to island communities.

As part of the net zero portfolio, the MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes will also play a key role in ensuring Scotland meets its climate targets.

The second change was the appointment of Neil Gray as Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, subject to parliamentary approval.

The Airdrie and Shotts MSP will work with the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution and his new role will focus on major Scottish events, creative industries and international development.

The new Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development

Sturgeon said: “The appointment of Jenny Gilruth as Transport Minister and Neil Gray as Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development is a vote of confidence in a new generation of ministerial talent.

“Jenny has proven to be an effective representative of Scotland and has championed Scotland’s cultural sector through difficult times.

“Neil has shown great promise as head of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee during his short stay at Holyrood and I know he will bring to government the drive, passion and determination that he has evidence in parliament.”

Gilruth said: “The transport portfolio is an exciting opportunity not only to shape our country’s infrastructure, but also to help Scotland become a global leader in delivering on our goal of becoming net zero by 2045. .

“It has been a privilege to work with our international and cultural community over the past few years and I look forward to taking on this new challenge.

“A lot of great work is already underway and I look forward to leading a low carbon revolution in Scotland’s transport system.”

Gray said it was “an honour” to be asked to join the Scottish government team.

He added: “I look forward to building on the excellent work of my predecessor in further strengthening our relationships around the world and supporting the creative industries as they set out to recover from some of the toughest years. difficult for the recent memory sector.

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