ALL CHANGE: Jenny Gilruth to be Transport Minister as Neil Gray joins Government team

By Liam Hay

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced two changes to her Ministerial team.  Jenny Gilruth, pictured above, will take on the Transport portfolio with immediate effect, overseeing a range of policy areas including the upcoming transfer of Scotland’s railways into public hands, reducing carbon emissions from our transport network and delivering new ferries for our island communities. As a member of the Net Zero portfolio,  she will play a key role in ensuring Scotland meets our climate targets.  

Neil Gray MSP will join the Scottish Government as Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development subject to Parliamentary approval. Working with the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution he will lead on major events, the creative industries and international development.

First Minister said:  “The appointment of Jenny Gilruth as Transport Minister and Neil Gray as Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development is a vote of confidence in a new generation of ministerial talent.

“Jenny has proven herself to be an effective representative for Scotland and has championed Scotland’s cultural sector through difficult times.

“Neil has shown real promise as Convener of the Social Justice and Social Security committee in his short time in Holyrood and I know he will bring the drive, passion and determination he has shown in parliament into government.

Ms Gilruth said: “The transport portfolio is an exciting opportunity to not just shape the infrastructure of our country but to also help Scotland become a world leader in achieving our goal to become net zero by 2045.

“It has been a privilege to work with our international and cultural community over the last few years and I am looking forward to this new challenge.

“A lot of great work is already underway and I look forward to leading a low carbon revolution across Scotland’s transport system.”

Mr Gray said:  “It is an honour to be asked to join the Scottish Government. “I look forward to building on the great work of my predecessor by further strengthening our relations across the globe and supporting the creative industries as they set out to recover from some of the hardest years for the sector in recent memory.”

One comment

  1. Ah the Transport Portfolio designed to help us become net zero.

    Ah well Minister any plans for upgrading the A82 which is currently an over capacity bottleneck road as anyone traveling through Dumbarton – Milton – Bowling will know.

    Or what about sections of the A82 and A83 further north. Or what about some more charging point infrastructure as more and more cars go electric.

    Or what, and this is a biggie, when is the currently under capacity Scottish ferry services going to get new ferries. Yes we know that there’s two badly built ferries sitting useless at Fergusson Marine but does that mean ferry replacement for Calmac has come to a stop.

    Or what about some direct transport routes to Europe. Instead of hauling cargo to and from Dover, Calais et al, hows about some direct ferry routes – like the Republic of Ireland has. That might be good for the economy, and even the environment don’t you think.

    Yes Ms Gilruth we hear you and your rhetoric about net zero. its all great stuff. But how about actually delivering some of it. More walk, less talk.

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