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Humza Yousaf has just resigned. Here’s who could replace him at the helm of Scotland. – POLICY

Jenny Gilruth

Current cabinet secretary for education and skills, Gilruth was elected to the Scottish parliament in 2016, serving as an aide to John Swinney and rising through the ranks as minister for culture and then transport. Gilruth formed an effective ministerial alliance with three other senior ministers – Màiri McAllan, Shirley-Anne Somerville and Mairi Gougeon – all of whom are considered close to Sturgeon. She supported Yousaf to lead the country last time.

His star is seen as rising, particularly among left-wing elements of the SNP.

Neil Gray

Gray became Health Secretary earlier this year after Michael Matheson resigned over a taxpayer-funded £11,000 iPad bill (no, really.)

Neil Gray helped lead Yousaf’s successful leadership campaign last year after deciding not to run himself. | Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

A Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) since 2021, Gray helped lead Yousaf’s successful leadership campaign last year after deciding not to stand himself. His shares rose after a stint as Yousaf’s economy and welfare secretary, where he was credited with repairing the SNP’s relationships with some business groups.

Hit by bad timing

Timing of Yousaf’s departure will count against SNP’s rising star Mairi McAllanwho is expected to go on maternity leave this summer and will not return until March 2025. The timing is also not good for the party’s highly rated leader at Westminster. Stephen Flynn, who cannot become prime minister because he sits in the UK parliament, not the devolved Scottish parliament. But his support could prove crucial in the competition.

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