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Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

Current role holder: Annabelle Ewing MSP


Annabelle Ewing was appointed Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs in May 2016.


Specific responsibilities are:

  • access to justice
  • anti-sectarianism
  • anti-social behaviour
  • civil law
  • community safety
  • fire and rescue services
  • legal profession


She graduated with EC Law Honours from Glasgow University in 1981. Following post-graduate studies in Bologna and Amsterdam, and 10 years as a Brussels-based EC lawyer, Annabelle returned to run a legal practice in Glasgow.

She was previously elected as the MP for Perth between 2001-2005. As an MSP, Annabelle was elected for Mid Scotland and Fife region in May 2011 and re-elected in May 2016. She was appointed as Minister for Youth and Women's Employment on November 2014.

Annabelle is interested in reading, travelling, gardening and swimming.