Shadow Cabinet (Scottish Parliament)
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. Named party spokespeople are not all Members of the Scottish Parliament.
Conservative Shadow Cabinet
As announced on 19 May 2016
- Leader: The Rt Hon. Ruth Davidson MSP
- Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs: Jackson Carlaw MSP
- Chief Whip & Business Manager: John Lamont 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: Donald Cameron 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: Douglas Ross MSP
- Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy & Connectivity: Peter Chapman MSP
- Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform: Maurice Golden MSP
Labour Shadow Cabinet
The Scottish Labour front-bench team was announced on 25 May 2016.
- Leader & Finance Spokesperson: Kezia Dugdale MSP
- Deputy Leader & Community, Social Security & Equalities Spokesperson: Alex Rowley MSP
- Education, Skills & Science Spokesperson: Iain Gray MSP
- Health Spokesperson: Anas Sarwar MSP
- Culture, Sport, Tourism & External Affairs Spokesperson: Lewis Macdonald MSP
- Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Spokesperson: Claudia Beamish MSP
- Rural Economy & Connectivity Spokesperson: Rhoda Grant MSP
- Economy, Fair Work & Jobs Spokesperson: Jackie Baillie MSP
- Justice Spokesperson: Claire Baker MSP
- Parliamentary Business Manager: James Kelly MSP
Scottish Greens Shadow Cabinet
As announced on 23 May 2016
- Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party, Finance, Economy, Fair Work and Equalities Spokesperson: Patrick Harvie MSP
- Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party: Maggie Chapman
- Justice, Tourism, Transport, & Rural & Island Communities Spokesperson: John Finnie MSP
- International Development, External Affairs, Education, Skills, Culture & Media Spokesperson: Ross Greer MSP
- Health, Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Spokesperson: Alison Johnstone MSP
- Communities, Land Reform and Local Government Spokesperson: Andy Wightman MSP
- Climate, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming Spokesperson: Mark Ruskell MSP
Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet
As announced on 28 May 2016:
- Leader & Finance Spokesperson: Willie Rennie MSP
- Deputy Leader: The Rt. Hon. Alistair Carmichael MP
- Education & Sports Spokesperson: Tavish Scott MSP
- Justice & Energy Spokesperson: Liam McArthur MSP
- Rural Affairs Spokesperson & Business Manager: Mike Rumbles MSP
- Health Spokesperson: Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP
- Economy Spokesperson: Cllr Carolyn Caddick
- Culture Spokesperson: Cllr Eileen McCartin
- Social Security Spokesperson: Cllr Karen Clark
- Chairperson of 2017 Scottish Local Election Campaign: Katy Gordon
- Children's Spokesperson & Party Convener: Sheila Thomson
- Social Security Spokesperson & Party Treasurer: Caron Lindsay
- Environment Spokesperson: Christine Jardine
- "Scottish Parliament Fact sheet: Party Spokespersons" (PDF). 31 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet: Ruth Davidson announces new team. Holyrood, 2016-05-19.
- Kez unveils her new front bench team. Scottish Labour Party, 2016-05-25.
- Scottish Greens announce portfolios of new Holyrood group. Herald Scotland, 2016-05-23.
- Willie Rennie announces Scottish Lib Dem leadership team. STV News, 2016-05-28.