Ms Sturgeon is finalising the details of her cabinet and policies[PA]
It is believed that the party’scurrentdeputy will make swift changes to the Scottish Government’s top team when she is appointed as Alex Salmond’s successor next month.
Among those expected to be axed from the cabinet are beleaguered Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and Health Secretary Alex Neil.
The SNP deputy leader is believed to be lining up top cabinet roles for figures such as Derek Mackay, Shona Robison and Humza Yousaf.
It is claimed that Ms Sturgeon is already finalising the details of her cabinet and new policies.
An SNP insider said: “She will not be reshuffling Alex Salmond’s Cabinet, she will be constructing her own.” Mr MacAskill survived a motion at Holyrood calling for him to quit last week by just eight votes after coming under fire for a string of controversial issues such as proposals to scrap corroboration and armed police.
Labour justice spokesman Graeme Pearson said: “Everyone knows that Kenny MacAskill’s poorperformanceas Justice Secretary will be brought to an end when the Scottish Government gets round to its long overdue reshuffle once Nicola Sturgeon is anointed First Minister by her SNP colleagues.”
Mr Neil, who faced a vote of no confidence earlier this year, is also expected to be fired. Ms Sturgeon’s new policies are believed to include raising the living wage, increasing female representation in senior roles and enhancing childcare provision.
Ms Sturgeon will be elected unopposed as SNP party leader and First Minister next month.
Mr Salmond announced that he would stand down within hours of September 18’s referendum defeat.
Ms Sturgeon has said that a failure by Westminster to devolve “substantial” powers to Holyrood by next year or a move by the rest of the UK to quit the EU could justify another referendum.
Stewart Hosie MP, the SNP’s Treasury spokesman, and Keith Brown, the Scottish Transport Minister, are seeking to become Ms Sturgeon’s number two.