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by Ruaraidh Gilmour
10 April 2023
Anas Sarwar reveals 'election ready' reshuffle

Anas Sarwar addressing Scottish Labour conference | Alamy

Anas Sarwar reveals 'election ready' reshuffle

Anas Sarwar has announced a frontbench reshuffle, which he believes will make the party “election ready”.

Among the news of changes across the Labour frontbench, the lineup includes the announcement that Jackie Baillie MSP and Ian Murray MP will take on the role of general election campaign co-coordinators.

The shakeup will see Sarah Boyack move from Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture to Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Just Transition, and Michael Marra go from Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

Sarwar said that Labour is “ready to take on the SNP and Tories to deliver the change that Scotland needs.”

He said: “Today I am announcing that Scottish Labour is election ready, with my colleagues Ian Murray and Jackie Baillie being unveiled as co-coordinators for the next general election in Scotland.

“At that election, only Scottish Labour can take seats from the SNP, kick the Tories out, and deliver the Labour government that Scotland badly needs.

“From implementing a meaningful windfall tax on oil and gas giants to creating GB energy and the thousands of jobs that will bring to Scotland, a Labour government will transform our country. The road to that Labour government begins in Scotland.”

The new Scottish Labour frontbench:  

Anas Sarwar – Leader of Scottish Labour Party
 
Jackie Baillie – Deputy leader of Scottish Labour Party and General Election campaign co-coordinator
 
Ian Murray - Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and General Election campaign co-coordinator
 
Jackie Baillie – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care and Drugs Policy
 
Carol Mochan – Public Health and Women’s Health spokesperson
 
Paul Sweeney - Mental Health and Veterans spokesperson
 
Daniel Johnson – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Business and Fair Work
 
Michael Marra – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance
 
Mark Griffin – Local Government and Housing spokesperson  
 
Pam Duncan-Glancy – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
 
Martin Whitfield – Business Manager and Children and Young People spokesperson
 
Sarah Boyack – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy, and Just Transition  
 
Alex Rowley – Transport spokesperson
 
Mercedes Villalba – Environment and Biodiversity spokesperson  
 
Rhoda Grant – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands
 
Neil Bibby - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture
 
Foysol Choudhury – Culture, Europe and international development spokesperson
 
Paul O’Kane - Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice and Social Security, and Equalities
 
Pauline McNeill – Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice  
 
Katy Clark – Community Safety spokesperson

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