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Dugdale puts wealth creation on Labour agenda

Kezia DugdaleUpdate 11am: Wealth creation was among the priorities identified by new Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale today when she named her first front bench team.

Among those given an expanded brief was Jackie Baillie who is responsible for public services and wealth creation. She will also speak for finance, business, infrastructure and tourism.

Graeme Pearson, previously responsible for enterprise, takes on justice, replacing Hugh Henry who is stepping down.

Business leaders will be encouraged by any indication that Ms Dugdale is acknowledging the need to stimulate growth in the economy as a core political objective.

Ms Dugdale announced the appointments at the Punjabi Junction Cafe in Edinburgh. MSPs Jenny Marra takes on equality, including health, welfare and social inclusion.

Former party leader Iain Gray is spokesman for opportunity, covering schools, skills and workplace issues. Leadership contender, Ken Macintosh, is appointed community spokesman looking after housing, local government and planning.

Sarah Boyack takes on a broadly-defined environmental justice remit, which includes transport, rural affairs and energy.

Claire Baker will be democracy spokesman covering the constitution, culture and Europe.

As reform spokesman, Mary Fee will look at parliamentary and party issues.

James Kelly is business manager jen@hottinroof.co.uk chief whip.

Education is likely to become a major election issue after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon responded to criticism of her government’s record by staking her personal record on closing the gap between rich and poor children.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Let me be clear – I want to be judged on this. If you are not, as First Minister, prepared to put your neck on the line on the education of our young people then what are you prepared to. It really matters.”

She intends to standardise testing for primary pupils and said dozens of new schools are to benefit from a £100 million government fund aimed at driving up attainment levels.

 

 

 

 

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