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Shona Robison quits Holyrood cabinet

EMBATTLED Scottish health secretary Shona Robison quit the Holyrood cabinet yesterday.

Ms Robison, who has faced pressure to resign over her handling of a series of NHS crises, was one of three cabinet secretaries shown the door by the time the Star went to press last night.

The others were economy secretary Keith Brown, who will focus on his new role as SNP deputy leader, and social security secretary Angela Constance.

Three junior ministers also left their posts.

In her resignation letter, Ms  Robison said the past year had been “particularly challenging for me personally,” citing the death of both her parents and a “health scare of my own.”

Education Secretary and Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced a climbdown over controversial school reforms, including giving heads more administrative and financial responsibilities.

Ministers also proposed scrapping the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

He said the education Bill would be delayed for a year to see if reforms could be made without changing the law.

The Education Institute of Scotland, which opposed the plan, welcomed “the fact that the Scottish government has listened to the voice of the teaching profession.”

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