Scottish Parliament Superior Whisky / Signed by The Rt Hon Alex Salmond and his First Cabinet (2007-2009) - Nicola Sturgeon, John Swinney, Fiona Hyslop, Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead (70cl, 40%)
A bottle of Superior Blended Scotch Whisky bottled by Inverarity Vaults ltd, specially selected for and exclusively sold by The Scottish Parliament.
On 16 May 2007, a few hours after Salmond was sworn in by parliament, he announced his intention to form a government composed of five cabinet secretaries and ten junior ministers.
This specific bottle has been signed by The Rt Hon Alex Salmond and all of the other five Secretaries of his First Cabinet.
First Minister The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Fiona Hyslop MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP
The first Salmond government, which was sworn in on 17 May 2007 at the start of the 3rd Scottish Parliament, was an SNP minority government. Having won the largest number of seats in the general election (47 of 129) the SNP sought to form a coalition with the Scottish Liberal Democrats. When those talks failed, the SNP chose to form a one-party minority government. The SNP and Scottish Greens signed an agreement where the Greens supported SNP ministerial appointments, but did not offer support for any confidence or budget votes ("confidence and supply"). SNP leader, Alex Salmond was elected First Minister on 16 May 2007; he was officially sworn in and his slate of ministerial appointments were ratified by the Scottish Parliament the following day.