Kate Forbes appointed deputy first minister of Scotland | UK News

Kate Forbes has been appointed deputy first minister of Scotland as John Swinney begins selecting his cabinet.

Mr Swinney was legally sworn in as Scotland’s seventh first minister at the Court of Session in Edinburgh earlier on Wednesday.

Mr Swinney pledged that Ms Forbes – who chose not to run in the SNP leadership race – would play a “significant part” in his government.

Ms Forbes, who served as finance secretary under Nicola Sturgeon, replaces Shona Robison as second in command.

Ms Robison will remain in cabinet, with her role expected to be announced soon.

Mr Swinney said he was pleased to appoint Ms Forbes as his deputy, describing her as an “immensely talented politician”.

Ms Forbes, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber, and Badenoch, said: “I am deeply honoured to accept John’s invitation to be his deputy first minister.

“This is a moment of extraordinary privilege for me. Having previously served in cabinet, I know the duty that all ministers have to reflect the government’s priorities and the missions that drive them.

“I look forward to working with John and cabinet colleagues, delivering for the people of Scotland and building a better country.”

John Swinney has been sworn in as Scotland’s first minister. Pic: PA

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Mr Swinney has vowed to focus on the economy, jobs, the cost of living, the NHS, education, public services, and the climate crisis.

Mr Swinney has confirmed he has no intention of reinstating the power-sharing Bute House Agreement with the Scottish Greens and will instead take issues on a case-by-case basis with a minority administration of 63 MSPs.

He told opposition parties at the Scottish parliament: “If we want to fund our schools and hospitals, if we want to give our businesses a competitive edge, if we want to take climate action, if we want to eradicate child poverty, if we want to change people’s lives for the better, we have got to work together to do so.”

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