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 four 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.

Parties are allowed to choose how their spokespersons are referred to.[1] Named party spokespeople are not all Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Conservative Shadow Cabinet[edit]

As announced on 28 June 2017.[2]

  • Leader: The Rt Hon. Ruth Davidson MSP
  • Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Europe and External Affairs : Jackson Carlaw MSP
  • Chief Whip & Business Manager, Spokesperson for the Low Carbon Economy: Maurice Golden MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance: Murdo Fraser MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work: Dean Lockhart MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport: Miles Briggs MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills: Liz Smith MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security, the Constitution & Equalities: Adam Tomkins MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice: Liam Kerr MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy & Connectivity: Peter Chapman MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, 2021 Policy Coordinator: Donald Cameron MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism: Rachael Hamilton MSP

Labour Shadow Cabinet[edit]

The Scottish Labour front-bench team was announced on 19 December 2017. [3]

  • Leader: Richard Leonard MSP
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland & Deputy Leader: Lesley Laird MP
  • Parliamentary Business Manager & Women and Equality Spokesperson: Rhoda Grant MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance & the Constitution: James Kelly MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs & Fair Work: Jackie Baillie MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Brexit, Campaigns & Party Engagement: Neil Findlay MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Skills & Science: Iain Gray MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport: Anas Sarwar MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform: Claudia Beamish MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Eradication of Poverty & Inequality: Elaine Smith MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security & Equalities: Monica Lennon MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice: Daniel Johnson MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs: Claire Baker MSP
  • Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy & Connectivity: Colin Smyth MSP

Scottish Greens Shadow Cabinet[edit]

As announced on 23 May 2016[4]

Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet[edit]

As announced on 28 May 2016:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Parliament Fact sheet: Party Spokespersons" (PDF). 31 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ruth Davidson unveils reshuffled Scottish Tory shadow cabinet| Holyrood.com". Liam Kirkaldy |. 2017-06-28. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  3. ^ "New Scottish shadow cabinet in full | LabourList". LabourList | Labour's biggest independent grassroots e-network. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Greens announce portfolios of new Holyrood group". Herald Scotland. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Willie Rennie announces Scottish Lib Dem leadership team". STV News. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • Conservative Shadow Cabinet - [1]
  • Labour Shadow Cabinet - [2]
  • Scottish Greens Spokespeople - [3]
  • Lib Dem Spokespeople - [4]