Alex Neil announces he is leaving Scottish Government cabinet

Social Justice secretary Alex Neil is standing down

Social Justice secretary Alex Neil is standing down

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SOCIAL Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced he is stepping down.

Mr Neil, who served in the role for 18 months, and was previously Health Secretary, has written to Nicola Sturgeon confirming his intention to stand down.

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Ms Sturgeon is due to appoint a new cabinet at her official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh, after she is formally sworn in as First Minister.

Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has also resigned his post.

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