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Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity

Current role holder: Fergus Ewing MSP

Fergus Ewing MSP

Fergus Ewing is the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity. Prior to that, He was the Minister for Community Safety and then the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:

  • agriculture and crofting
  • connectivity, including 100% broadband coverage
  • cross government co-ordination on islands
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • food and drink
  • forestry
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • rural Scotland
  • transport and public transport

Supporting Ministers


He is MSP for Inverness and Nairn, and was first elected in 1999, having been re-elected on four occasions. He is the elder son of Winnie Ewing, and his sister Annabelle is also a Minister in the Scottish Government.

Educated at Loretto School, Edinburgh, he graduated in law from Glasgow University before serving his apprenticeship and then running his own legal practice. After decades of bagging Munros, completing marathons and serving as a member of Lomond Mountain Rescue Team, he now engages in more sedentary pursuits such as the piano, listening to jazz and doing crosswords.