Two Renfrewshire MSPs have been appointed Junior Ministers positions in the First Minister’s new ministerial team which was announced yesterday afternoon.

George Adams, the SNP MSP for Paisley will become Minister for Parliamentary Business. Renfrewshire South SNP MSP Tom Arthur has been appointed Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth.

George Adams said: “As you all know, Paisley is my hometown; it’s where I was born and raised and it is where I have raised my own family so being your local MSP is the best job in the world to me.

“Being called to a meeting with the First Minister at St. Andrew’s House is certainly a nerve wracking but exciting thing, and I couldn’t have been more delighted when she asked me to join the Scottish Government as the new Minister for Parliamentary Business.

“I am looking forward to getting my teeth into this new role and working closely with the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, as we move forward and continue delivering for the people of Scotland.

“It is blatantly clear how committed the SNP are to bringing us out of this pandemic stronger than ever before and I for one cannot wait to see more positive changes implemented right here in our town.”

Mr Artur told Renfrewshire News: “I’m honoured to be appointed to this role, pending approval from parliament.

“The role draws on issues that are important to my constituents here in Renfrewshire South, and across the rest of the country.

“I’m excited to take on this challenge while continuing to serve communities across Renfrewshire South.”

Main photo: George Adams, left, and Tom Arthur during their speeches when they were both re-elected last week


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon completed the appointments to her new ministerial team and we’ve published the full list below.

Consisting of 10 Cabinet Secretaries, including the First Minister, the Scottish Cabinet will be supported by 15 Junior Ministers.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
Minister for Drugs Policy, Angela Constance

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid RecoveryJohn Swinney
Minister for Parliamentary Business, George Adam

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Kate Forbes
Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work (who will also work alongside the Net Zero Secretary), Richard Lochhead
Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Ivan McKee
Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, Tom Arthur

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf
Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, Maree Todd
Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville
Minister for Children and Young People, Clare Haughey
Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, Jamie Hepburn

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson
Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform (who will also work alongside the Rural Affairs Secretary), Mairi McAllan
Minister for Transport, Graeme Dey

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Keith Brown
Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Shona Robison
Minister for Equalities and Older People, Christina McKelvie
Minister for Social Security and Local Government, Ben MacPherson

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon

Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson
Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, Jenny Gilruth