Richard Lochhead is to step down from the Scottish cabinet, BBC Scotland has learned. The rural affairs secretary signalled his decision to quit to Nicola Sturgeon as she prepares to reshuffle her team. Mr Lochhead’s wife Fiona disclosed late last year that she is suffering from breast cancer. The MSP for Moray said this had helped him come to the conclusion that he needed to “change the priorities” in his life. In a letter to the first minister, he added that it had been an “absolute privilege” to serve in the cabinet, first under Alex Salmond and now Ms Sturgeon.
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