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Nicola Sturgeon humiliation: 'Ignorant' SNP leader's horror cabinet reshuffle torn apart

Scotland’s First Minister made an unexpected cabinet reshuffle earlier this week, appointing just a handful of new members. It comes as the SNP’s former Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, resigned after it emerged he has sent “hundreds” of social media messages to a 16-year-old boy.

Many took to Twitter to mock Ms Sturgeon’s unfortunate set of circumstances, drawing attention to the fact that her cabinet has hardly changed.

One person wrote: “Nothing about forced reshuffle!”

Another person, in reference to the 2014 independence referendum, said: “Is this a “once in a generation” refreshed Scottish Cabinet??”

A third person quoted the SNP on their message of the appointment, and said: “’Continues to deliver progress for Scotland?’

Nicola Sturgeon and some of her cabinet following the reshuffle

Nicola Sturgeon and some of her cabinet following the reshuffle (Image: GETTY)

Kate Forbes delivers the details for the new 2020/21 budget

Kate Forbes delivers the details for the new 2020/21 budget (Image: GETTY)

“Are the SNP so ignorant of their failings in Government throughout Scotland institutions?”

Kate Forbes has since taken Mr Mackay’s place.

The 29-year-old became the first woman to set out a budget at Holyrood or Westminster when she stepped in for Mr Mackay easier this month.

The reshuffle will also see Fiona Hyslop move within the cabinet and take on extra responsibility for the economy.

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Forbes and Sturgeon at Holyrood

Forbes and Sturgeon at Holyrood (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, Jenny Girlish has joined the government as Europe minister.

Ms Sturgeon said the appointments "bring new talent into government and deliver a real focus, not only on driving forward our economy, but also on addressing the challenges of Brexit, increasing our population and ending Scotland's contribution to the climate crisis".

In a statement on Twitter, the SNP wrote: “Nicola Sturgeon has appointed a new, refreshed Scottish Cabinet.

“The addition of new talent will ensure that the SNP government continues to deliver progress for Scotland.”

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The First Minister and her new finance secretary

The First Minister and her new finance secretary (Image: GETTY)

The former and current finance secretary sit side-by-side a day before Mackay apologised

The former and current finance secretary sit side-by-side a day before Mackay apologised (Image: GETTY)

The appointments os Ms Forbes and Ms Gilruth will be confirmed in a vote by MSPs on Tuesday.

Ms Forbes has consistently been praised by SNP colleagues and opposition MSPs after stepping in for Mr Mackay.

Mr Macaky quit two weeks ago, on 5 February, after saying he had “behaved foolishly” by sending what turned out to be hundreds of messages on social media to a 16-year-old boy.

Police have since spoken to the teenager in question.

Mackay had sent hundreds of messages to the 16-year-old boy

Mackay had sent hundreds of messages to the 16-year-old boy (Image: GETTY)

Last week, Police Scotland said that while it had not "received any complaint of criminality”, it was "assessing available information".

Police have appealed to others to come forward with any information regarding the incident.

The youngster has since told the paper: "I was happy to speak to the police and will tell them everything that happened.

Police have since appealed to anyone with any information regarding the incident

Police have since appealed to anyone with any information regarding the incident (Image: GETTY)

"I didn't think what he was doing was a crime, but I knew it was wrong and should be highlighted."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We have not received any complaint of criminality, however we are currently assessing available information.

"We would encourage anyone with information to please come forward.

"Police Scotland will always listen to anyone who wishes to seek advice or formally report a matter to us."