Ruth Davidson unveils reshuffled Scottish Tory shadow cabinet
Ruth Davidson said the reshuffle was aimed at showing the party as a credible alternative government
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has unveiled a reshuffled shadow cabinet following the general election.
With John Lamont, Ross Thomson and Douglas Ross all resigning their seats in the Scottish Parliament to move to Westminster, Davidson promoted Miles Briggs to take over as the party’s shadow health secretary, Liam Kerr as shadow justice secretary and Rachel Hamilton, who will take on the role of shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism.
Davidson said the reshuffle was aimed at showing the party as a credible alternative government.
The Scottish Tory leader said: "I am serious about offering the voters of Scotland a choice at those elections with the Conservatives as a credible alternative government of Scotland.
"It's not enough to simply point out where the SNP has performed badly or let Scotland down. This is about showing what we'd do differently and how we can move Scotland forward.
"In areas such as education, public services and the economy we are bursting with ideas and we will work with stakeholders across Scotland to bring forward a manifesto in 2021 which can command the support of the country.
"Nicola Sturgeon is being put on notice. It's time Scotland had a government committed to the day job and that's exactly the offer we will take to the country."
West of Scotland MSP Maurice Golden was named the party’s new chief whip, following John Lamont’s election to Westminster.
Donald Cameron, who owns a highland estate worth £6.5m, has been named Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform, as well as taking responsibility as 2021 Policy Coordinator.
Cameron said: “I’m delighted to be asked by Ruth to undertake a general policy co-ordination role, with a view to the 2021 election.
“The Scottish Conservatives will produce a manifesto that draws on a wide range of expertise in all policy areas, proposing our vision for Scotland, and confirming us as a government-in-waiting.”
Jamie Halcro-Johnston, who was sworn in as an MSP this month, has been named shadow minister for Jobs, Employability and Training.
Scottish Conservative shadow cabinet and spokesmen and women
Leader – Ruth Davidson MSP
Chief Whip and Business Manager, Spokesperson for the Low Carbon Economy – Maurice Golden MSP
Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Europe and External Affairs – Jackson Carlaw MSP
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance – Murdo Fraser MSP
Transport and Infrastructure – Jamie Greene MSP
Taxation – Bill Bowman MSP
Financial Sustainability – Tom Mason MSP
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work – Dean Lockhart MSP
Business, Innovation and Energy and Deputy Business Manager– Alexander Burnett MSP
Jobs, Employability and Training – Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport – Miles Briggs MSP
Mental Health, Public Health and Equalities – Annie Wells MSP
Health Education, Lifestyle and Sport – Brian Whittle MSP
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills – Liz Smith MSP
Further Education, Higher Education and Science – Oliver Mundell MSP
Childcare and Early Years – Michelle Ballantyne MSP
2021 Policy Coordinator, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Climate Change, Environment, Land Reform – Donald Cameron
Biodiversity, Animal Welfare and the Digital Economy – Finlay Carson
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity– Peter Chapman MSP
Rural Affairs - Edward Mountain
Farming – John Scott
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Communities, Social Security and Equalities – Adam Tomkins MSP
Welfare Reform – Jeremy Balfour MSP
Housing and Communities – Graham Simpson MSP
Local Government – Alexander Stewart MSP
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice – Liam Kerr MSP
Legal Affairs – Gordon Lindhurst MSP
Community Safety and Veterans Affairs – Maurice Corry MSP
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism – Rachael Hamilton MSP
Tourism and Small Business – Alison Harris MSP
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