After two days of being First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is leading a new line-up, without Kenny MacAskill or Michael Russell.Read the full story ›
South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has slammed Kenny MacAskill's time as Scottish Justice Secretary. Mr MacAskill has been replaced by Michael Matheson as part of Nicola Sturgeon's Cabinet reshuffle.
The former Justice Secretary was heavily involved in the Lockerbie bombing case and was also involved in amalgamating all Scottish police forces.
The minister who freed the Lockerbie bomber has been dropped from Scotland's cabinet. The new first minister Nicola Sturgeon today said Kenny MacAskill had "intimated" that he wanted to step down. David Mundell, the MP whose constituency covers the Lockerbie area, says he was no friend of the area.
New justice secretary is Michael Matheson. Big promotion
Scotland's new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed Finance Secretary John Swinney as her deputy.
Mr Swinney is the first of Ms Sturgeon's new appointments since she took over as the head of the Scottish Government on Wednesday.
The First Minister announced the news on Twitter, writing: "Delighted to announce that John Swinney is the new Deputy First Minister."
Mr Swinney, who has served as Finance Secretary for the past seven years, had been widely tipped for the deputy post.
Plans to cut the number of places where people can go to vote have been dropped thanks to the popularity of the Scottish referendum.
Scottish Borders Council had wanted to stop using polling stations where there were less than 100 people on the electoral roll. But now the idea's been scrapped because of the large turn out during September's referendum vote.