Scotland politics

Labour appoint Lesley Laird as shadow Scottish Secretary

Lesley Laird Image copyright Labour
Image caption Lesley Laird was elected as the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP

Labour have appointed one of their newly-elected MPs to be the party's shadow Scottish Secretary.

Lesley Laird was elected last week to represent Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Ms Laird was born in Greenock and is a former deputy leader of Fife Council. She worked in human resources before being elected as a councillor in 2012.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she would help the party present a "positive vision" for Scotland's future.

Mr Corbyn said: "I am delighted to appoint Lesley as Shadow Scottish Secretary.

"She brings a wealth of knowledge and practical real life experience to the Commons, and will play a major role going forward as we hold the Tory Government to account.

"She will work closely with me and Kez Dugdale as we present a positive Labour vision for Scotland's future."

Ms Laird added: "My priorities are the things that people told me are important to them in the General Election campaign: that's jobs, housing and public services.

"I look forward to working closely with Jeremy and Kez as Labour unites to take on the Tories, and I will be holding David Mundell to account for the actions of his government which is causing misery right across Scotland."

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