Leonard appoints shadow cabinet
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has appointed his Shadow Cabinet.
Since his election, Mr Leonard has held individual meetings with every Labour MSP to discuss how the team at Holyrood could most effectively hold the SNP government to account and set out a distinctive and positive Scottish Labour alternative.
Mr Leonard will encourage his Shadow Cabinet to play a big role not just in the chamber and committee rooms of Holyrood but across the country, taking Labour’s message directly to the people of Scotland.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:
“This is a new team and a new start for Scottish Labour. After seven years of Tory austerity and a decade of SNP mediocrity people are ready for the real and radical change the Labour party offers.
This team is a blend of energy, talent and experience, ready to hold this government to account put forward the positive difference a Scottish Labour government would make.”
Scottish Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet in full:
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party – Richard Leonard
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Interim Deputy Leader – Lesley Laird
Parliamentary Business Manager and Women and Equality spokesperson – Rhoda Grant
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution – James Kelly
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work – Jackie Baillie
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Brexit, Campaigns and Party Engagement – Neil Findlay
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Skills and Science – Iain Gray
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport – Anas Sarwar
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform – Claudia Beamish
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality – Elaine Smith
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities – Monica Lennon
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice – Daniel Johnson
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs – Claire Baker
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity – Colin Smyth