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Scottish Transport Minister resigns over snow chaos

Stewart Stevenson steps down from ministerial post after severe winter conditions bring chaos to traffic in central Scotland.

Stewart Stevenson steps down from ministerial post after severe winter conditions bring chaos to traffic in central Scotland.

Mr Stevenson resigned on 11 December 2010 over controversy of his handling of the traffic chaos caused by extreme winter conditions.

Heavy snowfall brought much of central Scotland's road network to a standstill in early December.

Thousands of people were stuck in their cars overnight as the nation's busiest motorways; M8, M9 and A80- were badly affected by a significant accumulation of snow. Despite this, Mr Stevenson claimed that there had been “a first class response to difficult conditions." This prompted sustained criticism from the opposition parties and, after initially refusing to even offer an apology, he offered his resignation as it became clear that his position had become untenable.

December 2010 has been one of the coldest Decembers on record in Scotland with temperatures in the Highlands dropping as low as -20C.

In his resignation statement, Mr Stevenson accepted he "could have done much more to ensure that members of the public were better informed of the situation".

Mr Stevenson was replaced in the job by Keith Brown, an MSP for the Ochil constituency who had already held a ministerial position as Minister for Schools and Skills.

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