First Sturgeon government
Nicola Sturgeon formed the first Sturgeon government on 20 November 2014, following the resignation of previous Scottish National Party (SNP) First Minister Alex Salmond. Sturgeon, who had been deputy first minister under Salmond, was elected to succeed him by the SNP majority in the Scottish Parliament on 19 November 2014.
|First Sturgeon government|
|7th devolved government of Scotland|
|Date formed||20 November 2014|
|Date dissolved||5 May 2016|
|People and organisations|
|First Minister||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Total no. of ministers||25|
|Member party||Scottish National Party|
|Status in legislature||Majority|
|Legislature term(s)||4th Scottish Parliament|
|Predecessor||Second Salmond government|
|Successor||Second Sturgeon government|
Following the defeat of the campaign for Scottish independence in a 2014 referendum, then First Minister Alex Salmond, who had arranged the referendum, announced that he would resign as Scottish National Party leader and first minister after a new leader was chosen. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took the leadership unopposed at the SNP's annual conference on 14 November 2014. This also effectively made her First Minister in waiting, given the SNP's outright majority in the Scottish Parliament. She was elected to succeed Salmond as First Minister by the Scottish Parliament on 19 November, and formally appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on the next day.
On 21 November 2014 Sturgeon's first cabinet was announced. It was formed of ten people: Sturgeon and nine cabinet secretaries. It was gender-balanced with five men and five women. There were thirteen junior ministerial positions outwith the cabinet.
List of ministers
|Lord Advocate||The Right Hon. Frank Mulholland QC||2014–16|
|Solicitor General for Scotland||Lesley Thomson QC||2014–16|
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