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Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the details of a mini-reshuffle, following the resignation of Derek Mackay.

Kate Forbes, the Public Finance Minister who stepped into the Budget role at short notice is to be given the Cabinet role for Finance on a permanent basis.  First elected in 2016 to the constituency of Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch, she will retain her current responsibility for Digital Economy.

The Public Finance portfolio is being given to Ben Macpherson (Edinburgh Northern & Leith) who is currently Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development. He will retain his responsibility for migration.

The crucial role steering Scotland’s economy is being given to Fiona Hyslop (Linlithgow) who moves on from her long-held portfolio of Culture, Tourism & External Affairs.  She will retain the culture brief, her external affairs responsibilities move to Mike Russell and tourism moves to Fergus Ewing.

Achieving her first ministerial role is the MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes, Jenny Gilruth, who becomes Minister for Europe & International Development.

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