Scotland politics

Johann Lamont hands finance role to rival Ken Macintosh

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Media captionJohann Lamont said her shadow cabinet would be "inclusive"

The new Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has appointed one of her election rivals to her frontbench team.

Ken Macintosh has accepted to take on the role of finance spokesman.

Ms Lamont, who has taken over from Iain Gray, said Jackie Baillie would take on the health remit and Hugh Henry would be spokesman for education.

Glasgow Pollok MSP Ms Lamont was elected to her new role on Saturday at a special gathering in Edinburgh. MP Anas Sarwar was elected deputy leader.

The leadership contest was fought by MSPs Ms Lamont and Mr Macintosh and MP Tom Harris.

Ms Lamont said: "My shadow cabinet will be inclusive, bringing together experienced former ministers and newer voices to speak on the important issues for Scotland.

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Media captionJohann Lamont: "We have a challenge ahead to get the party to be united to work together and actually to reach our beyond Labour Party members."

"Our job will not just be to hold the Scottish government to account, but to show our party's ambition again.

"Together we must set out and convince the people of Scotland of Labour's vision for our country.

"Ours is a positive vision for a prosperous Scotland that can pay its own way, a wealth-creating Scotland that uses its wealth to build a fairer country, a Scotland determined that not one person's talent is wasted, a Scotland that challenges all Scots to be all that they can be, and which creates the conditions in which we can reach our aspirations."

She added that her team would comprise politicians and experts "from all walks of life" who would advise, share experiences and "help shape the future of our country".

Further appointments will be announced in the coming weeks and months, Ms Lamont said.

Scottish Labour - frontbench team

Scottish Labour Party Leader - Johann Lamont

Scottish Labour Party Deputy Leader - Anas Sarwar

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland - Margaret Curran

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth spokesman - Ken Macintosh

Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy spokeswoman- Jackie Baillie

Education and Lifelong Learning spokesman - Hugh Henry

Culture, External Affairs and the Commonwealth Games spokeswoman - Patricia Ferguson

Infrastructure and Capital Investment spokesman - Richard Baker

Justice spokesman - Lewis Macdonald

Local Government and Planning spokeswoman - Sarah Boyack

Rural Affairs and the Environment spokeswoman - Claire Baker

Scottish Labour Parliamentary Business Manager - Paul Martin

Chief Whip - James Kelly

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