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The first minister. Who are these men and what do they all have in common?. Peter Robinson, First Minister, Northern Ireland. Carwyn Jones, First Minister, Wales. Alex Salmond, First Minister, Scotland. Role of the First Minister – Role 1. Decides who is in the government or his ‘cabinet’

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The first minister

The first minister


Who are these men and what do they all have in common

Who are these men and what do they all have in common?

Peter Robinson, First Minister, Northern Ireland

Carwyn Jones, First Minister, Wales

Alex Salmond, First Minister, Scotland


Role of the first minister role 1

Role of the First Minister – Role 1

  • Decides who is in the government or his ‘cabinet’

  • Alex Salmond decides who will be in charge of education, health etc

  • He has the ability to sack members of his cabinet or change their roles

  • Alex Salmond asked Stewart Stevenson to resign as transport Minister after his poor handling of the sever winter weather in 2010

  • He also chairs meetings of the cabinet where decisions are made about what is best for Scotland


Role of the first minister role 2

Role of the First Minister – Role 2

  • Alex Salmond is the head of the government and therefore has to justify what his government is doing

  • He does this at First Ministers Questions every Thursday – Watch an exchange with Labour leader Johann Lamont here

  • He also has to respond to MSPs who ask him ‘written questions’


Role of the first minister power 3

Role of the First Minister – Power 3

  • The First Minister also represents Scotland around the world

  • Alex Salmond went to China to broker the deal for the two pandas that came to Edinburgh

  • He also was in India to support Scotland’s bid for the Commonwealth Games a few years ago


Potential exam question

Potential Exam Question

  • Describe, in detail, the role of Scotland’s First Minister


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