Shadow Cabinet (Scottish Parliament)

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Unlike the Westminster arrangement where there is an 'Official Opposition' to the government of the day, there is no such thing as an 'official' opposition to the Scottish Government. Instead, all parties that are not in government are merely 'opposition parties'. With the current Scottish Government being Scottish National Party (SNP), the three other main parties are all opposition parties and each will have a Shadow Cabinet composed of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) with a responsibility to shadow a government minister or area of government.

Labour Shadow Cabinet[edit]

As of the December 17th 2014 reshuffle, under new leader Jim Murphy;

Holyrood Frontbench;

  • Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party: Kezia Dugdale MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy: Jackie Baillie MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport: Jenny Marra MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning: Iain Gray MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice: Hugh Henry MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure,Investments and Cities: Mary Fee MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Food and Environment: Sarah Boyack MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs: Claire Baker MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights: Ken McIntosh MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training: Neil Findlay MSP
  • Shadow Minister for Enterprise: Graeme Pearson MSP
  • Scottish Labour Parliamentary Business Manager: James Kelly MSP
  • Chief Whip: Neil Bibby MSP

Senior Party Members at Westminster and Policy team;

  • Leader of the Scottish Labour Party: Jim Murphy MP
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Head of Labour's General Election Strategy Douglas Alexander MP
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran MP
  • Head of Party Policy Review Richard Baker MSP
  • 2016 Election and Manifesto Co-Ordinator Jackie Baillie MSP

Conservative Shadow Cabinet[edit]

As of November 2011

Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet[edit]

  • Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP
  • Spokesperson for Transport, Rural Affairs, the Environment and FisheriesTavish Scott MSP
  • Spokesperson for Education and Energy Liam McArthur MSP
  • Spokesperson for Justice and Business Manager Alison McInnes MSP
  • Spokesperson for Health and Housing Jim Hume MSP

References[edit]


External links[edit]

  • Labour Shadow Cabinet - [1]
  • Conservative Shadow Cabinet - [2]
  • Liberal Democrat MSP team - [3]