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

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3 thoughts on “Leonard appoints shadow cabinet

  1. I hope Richard starts mapping out what Labour wants going forward, his reaction to the budget was disapointing at best. Shouting a lot doesn’t make for good government or opposition. Lets see if he put anything useful forward so Labour can support a budget for a change and can claim they’re getting things done in opposition.

  2. I thought Richard responded to the Budget well and emphasised Labour’s priorities in it. Then what do I know. Only 37 years of activism, as a Councillor, as a Constituency officer, as a campaigner and as a blogger. Read my blog ” Built on Sand” on this channel.

    On the Shadow Cabinet, I think Richard has done a great job of bringing all the shades of our Party together in some brilliantly talented front benchers

    1. Jim, you forgot fantasy story writer as witnessed on your ‘built on sand’ article and the many others you have published on labour hame.

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