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Friday, 3 May, 2002, 19:09 GMT 20:09 UK
Changing faces and places
The Scottish Parliament's first 11 pictured in 1999
In May 1999 Scotland's First Minister Donald Dewar stood on the steps of Bute House in Edinburgh and posed with his newly appointed Cabinet.

Three years on only three of the original 11 remain at the forefront of Scottish politics.

BBC News Online Scotland looks at what happened to the key figures of Scotland's first executive in 300 years.

Donald Dewar, who was christened the father of devolution, was at the helm of Scottish politics for 11 months.

In May 2000 a routine health check discovered the first minister had major heart problems.

He disappeared from Scottish politics for four months to recuperate after surgery.

On his return in August 2000, Mr Dewar resumed full duties as first minister.

But on 10 October that year he tripped on the steps of his official residence and was admitted to hospital. It was discovered he had suffered bleeding to his brain and was put on a life support machine.

The 63-year-old MSP for Glasgow Anniesland died the following day.

Jim Wallace who steered his Liberal Democrat Party into the historic pact with Labour, was chosen as Scotland's minister for justice and given the additional title of deputy first minister.

The 47-year-old MSP for Orkney has remained one of the constants in the country's new political era.

He has held onto his justice portfolio and has been elevated three times into a temporary role as first minister.

The first followed Mr Dewar's heart surgery, the second was immediately after Mr Dewar's death, before a new first minister had been chosen.

The third was after the resignation of Scotland's second first minister Henry McLeish.

Henry McLeish, one of the few MSPs who had had Westminster experience, lasted two years and six months in the Scottish Cabinet.

The 53-year-old had steered the House of Common's all-party consultative steering group set up to agree the workings of the Scottish Parliament.

His reward was the post of enterprise and lifelong learning minister in its first Cabinet.

But the MSP for Central Fife was destined for greater things and following the untimely death of Mr Dewar he was voted Scotland's new first minister.

His reign lasted just over a year.

Mr McLeish became embroiled in an affair over office expenses.

It was thought he had ridden the worst of the storm when he resigned on 8 November last year.

Mr McLeish now sits on the back benches.

Sam Galbraith's first Scottish Cabinet role was as education minister.

The 56-year-old former neurosurgeon was in the executive for just under two years.

He announced his decision to step down in March 2001, citing health reasons.

The MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, who underwent a lung transplant 12 years ago, said he did not want to "go the same way" as his close friend Donald Dewar.

Mr Galbraith withstood some heavy political storms. As education minister he came under pressure to resign over the exams fiasco which had left Scottish students receiving late, incorrect or incomplete results.

He was later given the environment portfolio.

Mr Galbraith will not seek re-election in next year's Scottish Parliament poll.

Susan Deacon was given the high-profile role of health minister - a post she held for two-and-a-half years.

Her downfall came in November last year when Jack McConnell was elected first minister.

In his reshuffle, Mr McConnell gave the health portfolio to Malcolm Chisholm and Ms Deacon was asked to become social justice minister, which she refused.

The reason the MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh cited for going was that she was due to have her second baby in the wspring of 2002 and she did not want to embark on a new role.

Jack McConnell was young, ambitious and committed to Scottish politics when he was named as minister for finance in the 1999 cabinet.

The 41-year-old former maths teacher was confident enough to run against Henry McLeish for the leadership of his party following the death of Donald Dewar.

The MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw missed out then, but had only a year to wait for the coveted first minister's job.

He put his own stamp on the Scottish Cabinet by showing the door to five incumbents.

Mr McConnell established a new team which featured Malcolm Chisholm at health and Cathy Jamieson at education.

In public, the first minister and Ms Alexander showed a united front, but the political rumour mill generated talk of an uneasy relationship between the two.

Liberal Democrat Ross Finnie was chosen as minister for rural affairs - a job he holds to this day.

Mr Finnie, 55, was elected to the Scottish Parliament via the West of Scotland regional list.

The former self-employed chartered accountant had been the party's spokesman on economics and finance.

His political background is grounded in local government - he served as a member of Inverclyde Council from 1977 to 1999.

Mr Finnie, along with fellow Lib Dem Jim Wallace, and Mr McConnell, is one of the original Scottish Cabinet three.

Wendy Alexander, was a protegé of Donald Dewar.

The MSP for Paisley North was the political stalwart's special adviser at the Scottish Office, and was delighted to be given the role of minister for social inclusion, local government and housing.

In 1999 the former management consultant was tipped as a rising prospect within the party and even a possible future Scottish Labour leader.

Under Henry McLeish's leadership she was given the demanding role of enterprise, a post which had been vacated by the new first minister.

After Jack McConnell took on the hot seat she was given an even greater burden - looking after enterprise and lifelong learning and the political hot potato of transport.

Under Mr McConnell's leadership it was said the 38-year-old had become down-hearted about her position within Scottish politics.

In her letter of resignation, after three years in the Cabinet, she revealed she had planned at the beginning of the year to step down.

Sarah Boyack, a member of the negotiating team which drew up the coalition deal, became environment and transport minister in the 1999 cabinet.

But her time in the post was a difficult one - she was under constant criticism from the opposition over environment policies.

When Henry McLeish took over in the autumn of 2000, the 40-year-old had her department carved up.

Environment was taken away from her, but she retained transport.

However, the criticism continued and the MSP for Edinburgh Central was eventually removed under the new reign of Jack McConnell.

In all, she lasted two-and-a-half years in the cabinet.

Lord Hardie, was appointed Lord Advocate by the Scottish secretary in 1997, and it was a role he continued within the new administration.

The most senior law officer lasted nine months.

He went in February 2000 after securing a new job as a judge in the High Court and Court of Session.

The 56-year-old denied at the time he was stepping down before the start of the Lockerbie trial for fear of being associated with a dead-duck prosecution.

Tom McCabe became the Scottish Cabinet's first chief whip.

The Hamilton South MSP came to public light when he was asked by recuperating Donald Dewar to warn cabinet colleagues to stop squabbling.

But the 48-year-old Hamilton South MSP in turn received a telling off when he caused controversy over hints that the Scottish Executive was in line for a name change.

Mr McCabe lasted two-and-a-half years in the cabinet. He was exiled to the back benches following Jack McConnell's reshuffle in November last year.

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