Ruth Davidson unveils reshuffled Scottish Tory shadow cabinet

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 28 June 2017 in News

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.


New SNP Westminster front bench team announced

New Kirkcaldy MP Lesley Laird appointed Shadow Scottish Secretary

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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