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The Depute First Meenister o Scotland (Scots Gaelic: Leas-Phrìomh Mhinistear) is the Depute tae the First Meenister o Scotland. The post is hauden bi John Swinney syne 2014.[1] Syne the May 2021 election, he is baith Deputy First Meenister an Cabinet Secretar fir Covid Recovery.[2]

The post isna recogneesed in statute (as agin the post o First Meenister, estaiblisht bi the Scotland Act 1998), an its hauder is juist an ordinar member o the Scots Executive,[3] but the post haes existit in practice syne the estaiblishment o the Scots Pairlament an Scots Executive in 1999.

The Addeetional Member Seestem uised for tae wale Memmers o the Scots Pairlament maks it haurd for an aesome pairty tae hae an absolute majority.[4] Frae 1999 tae 2007 the Scots Executive wis pitten thegither bi a Labour an Leeberal Democrat coalition. The First Meenister wis appyntit frae the majority coalition pairtner (Labour) an the Depute First Meenister frae the minority pairtner (Leeberal Democrats).[5]

Syne 2007, the Scots Executive haes been a Scots National Pairty minority administration; the First Meenister Alex Salmond appyntit the depute convenor o the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, as Depute First Meenister.[6] And syne the 20t November 2014, Sturgeon wis hersel the First Meenister, an she appyntit John Swinney as her depute, and baith were re-electit in May 2021.

The responsibilities o the Depute First Meenister are set bi the First Meenister o Scotland.[1]

While the first First Meenister, Donald Dewar, wis seek, the then Depute First Meenister Jim Wallace teuk ower the rinnin o the Executive.[7]

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  1. a b "Deputy First Minister". www.gov.scot (in Inglis). Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  2. "John Swinney to be minister for Covid recovery". BBC News (in Inglis). 18 Mey 2021. Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  3. "Scotland Act". archive2021.parliament.scot. 23 August 2016. Archived frae the original on 22 Julie 2022. Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  4. "Explained: Is the Scottish Parliament designed to return a majority and what do results mean for Indyref2?". HeraldScotland (in Inglis). Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  5. "Wallace: We did not sell out for office". The Independent (in Inglis). 14 Mey 1999. Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  6. "Salmond announces his new cabinet" (in Inglis). 16 Mey 2007. Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  7. "Wallace in charge after Dewar's heart surgery". The Independent (in Inglis). 8 Mey 2000. Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  8. "Jim Wallace". www.parliament.scot (in Inglis). Retrieved 9 Mey 2022.
  9. "Nicol Stephen". Liberal Democrats (in Inglis). Retrieved 23 Mairch 2022.
  10. "Nicola Sturgeon | Biography, Facts, & Scottish Independence | Britannica". www.britannica.com (in Inglis). Retrieved 23 Mairch 2022.
  11. "Biography | John Swinney MSP". www.johnswinney.scot. Retrieved 23 Mairch 2022.