Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie - Scottish Green Party co-leaders

The Scottish Greens’ co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater have been re-appointed to ministerial positions in the Scottish Government. The announcement comes as the new First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf announces his ministerial team.

Lorna Slater MSP continues as Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity. Patrick Harvie remains in post as Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights.

Both were first appointed as ministers in 2021 as part of the Bute House Agreement which saw the Scottish Greens agree to enter government.

Scottish Greens Co-leader, Lorna Slater MSP, said: “I am delighted that we are at the forefront of delivering the green change that is so vital.

“I have been proud to oversee record funding for wildlife and nature, as well as an end to new incinerators, vital steps towards delivering our ground-breaking Deposit Return Scheme, a new national park and a Circular Economy Bill, and transformative investments in recycling services across Scotland.”

“But our work is only just getting started. I am looking forward to working with Humza Yousaf and the rest of the team to build on these successes and deliver even more for the people of Scotland and our environment.”

Scottish Greens Co-leader, Patrick Harvie MSP, said: “In my first 18 months as a minister I have published a New Deal for Tenants, which will deliver rent controls and new rights, on top of emergency protection for tenants.

“I have overseen two years of record funding for walking, wheeling and cycling, with much more to come. And I have set in motion the biggest ever programme to transform the way we heat and insulate our homes and buildings.

“So I am delighted to be able to build on this work as a minister, making sure it delivers the benefits for people and for planet that we so urgently need. I look forward to working with our First Minister and my new ministerial colleagues to build that fairer, greener Scotland.”

The two Green ministers don’t hold cabinet positions. Yousaf has appointed the following MSPs to the cabinet:

  • Shona Robison – Deputy First Minister/Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  • Neil Gray – Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy
  • Michael Matheson – Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care
  • Jenny Gilruth – Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
  • Màiri McAllan – Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition
  • Angela Constance – Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville – Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice
  • Mairi Gougeon – Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands
  • Angus Robertson – Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture

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