Scottish Labour unveils front bench team

image captionThe new front bench team was announced ahead of Iain Gray stepping down as Labour leader

Scottish Labour has announced a reshuffle of its front bench Holyrood team, after losing several key figures in the election.

Andy Kerr and Tom McCabe were among the senior Labour figures who lost their seats in the 5 May ballot, which saw the SNP win an outright majority.

Richard Baker has moved from justice to take on Mr Kerr's finance brief. Ken Macintosh becomes culture spokesman.

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray has said he will step down in the autumn.

He said: "Where there is common ground and we agree what is best for Scotland, Labour will work with the government, but where we disagree we will debate vigorously.

"Labour lost able and experienced members at the election but we have a fresh intake of talent who I am sure the next leader will want to draw on in the future."

Labour front bench team in full:

  • Iain Gray - leader
  • Johann Lamont - deputy leader and justice
  • Richard Baker - finance, employment and sustainable growth
  • Jackie Baillie - Health, wellbeing and cities strategy
  • Malcolm Chisholm - education and lifelong learning
  • Lewis Macdonald - infrastructure and capital investment
  • Paul Martin - parliamentary business
  • John Park - chief whip
  • Michael McMahon - local government
  • Sarah Boyack - rural affairs and environment
  • Ken Macintosh - culture and external affairs
  • Rhoda Grant - finance and infrastructure
  • Richard Simpson - health
  • Claire Baker - education
  • James Kelly - justice
  • Elaine Murray - rural affairs and environment

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