Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s cabinet reshuffle, congratulating her colleagues that have assumed Ministerial posts.
The reshuffle was conducted following the retiring of Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam and Stewart Stevenson from Ministerial office, with a new Ministerial post of External Affairs and International Development also established.
In particular, Jean congratulated Paul Wheelhouse MSP, who has replaced Stewart Stevenson as Minister for the Environment and Climate Change after Mr Stevenson stepped down. The minister’s brief contains many issues of relevance to the Highlands and Islands.
Commenting, Jean said:
“As Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul will have a role in helping to direct policy on crofting, aquaculture and biodiversity, as well as liaising with Scottish Natural Heritage, SEPA and the Forestry Commission.
“Through my involvement with the Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on Crofting, I am aware of the challenges and opportunities facing crofters.
“I look forward to working with Paul, and my other colleagues who have assumed Ministerial posts, over the course of the coming months and years.”