Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley MSP Elena Whitham has been selected as part of Humza Yousaf's new ministerial team.

New First Minister Humza Yousaf vowed there “could not be more unity” in the SNP as he unveiled his first Cabinet which he said was the “biggest reshuffle” since 2007.

His new cabinet of 10 will be supported by 18 junior ministers.

As part of his new team, Mr Yousaf has selected MSP Elena Whitham to take up the role of Minister for Drugs and Alcohol Policy, working directly under the First Minister.

Ms Whitham had previously worked as community safety minister under Nicola Sturgeon.

The Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley MSP had voiced her support for Humza Yousaf to take over as the new leader of the SNP.

Upon being appointed to the new role, Elena Whitham said: "Honoured to be appointed as Minister for Drug & Alcohol Policy by FM Humza Yousaf.

"Having direct worked experience supporting people dealing with addictions and trauma and being a family member, this is an area that has my absolute commitment."

The post of minister for drugs and alcohol policy, created in December 2020, was previously occupied by Angela Constance, who has been made cabinet secretary for justice and home affairs in Mr Yousaf's line-up.