Deputy First Minister of Scotland is the deputy to the First Minister of Scotland
The Deputy First Minister of Scotland is the deputy to the First Minister of Scotland. The post is recognised not in statute, has existed nonetheless since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. The Deputy First Minister has control and direct responsibility over outcomes and delivery over the strategy of the Scottish Government, is also Cabinet Secretary for Skills and Education, went thus to John Swinney. The First Minister was appointed from the minority partner from the Deputy First Minister and the majority coalition partner.
The Scottish National Party formed a single party minority administration. The illness of the first First Minister took over the running of the Executive as Acting First Minister.