Corbyn unveils Scottish Secretary

Murray snubbed as Laird named in Shadow Cabinet

Lesley LairdJeremy Corbyn has snubbed former Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray and appointed newly-elected Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Lesley Laird in the post.

Mr Murray quit the shadow cabinet in protest at Mr Corbyn’s leadership, and the Labour leader to appointed English MP Dave Anderson to the job.

Mr Murray was re-elected as Edinburgh South MP with an increased majority but will have to take a seat on the backbenches.

He resigned from Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, saying in a tweet: “Often asked why I resigned from Shadow Cabinet. Ladies & Gentlemen I give u Jeremy Corbyn. He’s destroying the party that soo many need.”

Ms Laird’s seat was one of six gains from the SNP last week. It was Gordon Brown’s former constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

She is a former deputy leader of Fife Council, and previously worked in the electronic, semiconductor and financial service industries in a variety of senior human resources roles.  

Mr Corbyn said: “I am delighted to appoint Lesley as Shadow Scottish Secretary.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and practical real life experience to the Commons, and will play a major role going forward as we hold the Tory Government to account.

“She will work closely with me and Kez Dugdale as we present a positive Labour vision for Scotland’s future.”

Ms Dugdale said: “This is a fantastic appointment and I congratulate Lesley on being made Shadow Scottish Secretary.

“I know that she will do a fantastic job holding this miserable Tory government to account.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the work that Dave Anderson and Ian Murray did in the last parliament as Shadow Scottish Secretaries. They helped to rebuild our party, and we now have seven Scottish Labour MPs who will do a remarkable job in the Commons.”

Ms Laird said: “My priorities are the things that people told me are important to them in the General Election campaign: that’s jobs, housing and public services.

“I look forward to working closely with Jeremy and Kez as Labour unites to take on the Tories, and I will be holding David Mundell to account for the actions of his government which is causing misery right across Scotland.”

Other shadow cabinet appointments include former leadership contender Owen Smith for the Northern Ireland brief.

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