THE appointment of SNP MSP Kaukab Stewart to a ministerial position has been praised as “inspiring” after she became the first woman of colour to hold the post in the Scottish Government.

Stewart, the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, has taken over as Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.

Christina McKelvie, who previously held the role, will become Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy after Elena Whitham stepped down due to health reasons earlier this week.

The reshuffle was also sparked by the resignation of Michael Matheson following an investigation into an £11,000 roaming bill he racked up on his iPad while on holiday in Morocco.

It means Stewart becomes the first woman of colour to become a minister in the Scottish Government, after becoming the first woman of colour elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021.

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“History made as 7 women make up the Scottish Government Cabinet of 10,” said human rights activist Shazia Babar.

“It’s also inspiring to see the first woman of colour appointed to @scotgov.

“Congratulations @kaukabstewart an excellent addition to @scotgov and an exceptional MSP for Glasgow Kelvin”.

SNP councillor Simita Kumar said she was “delighted” with the news. “Absolute role model and inspiration for women and girls everywhere.

“Delighted with this appointment @kaukabstewart”.

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While X/Twitter user John Cumming added: “Particularly delighted for @kaukabstewart, Scotland’s new minister for culture, Europe and international development.

“It shouldn’t have taken until the 25th anniversary of devolution for a woman of colour to serve in govt, but this is an important milestone nevertheless.”

The MSP and former teacher recently made headlines after calling for the school starting age to be raised and for a universal kindergarten stage to be introduced across Scotland.