Magazine article Public Finance

Women Take the Lead in Scots Shadow Cabinet

Magazine article Public Finance

Women Take the Lead in Scots Shadow Cabinet

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The role of shadowing Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has been split between two MSPs in the shadow Cabinet appointed this week by the new Labour leader, Wendy Alexander.

Alexander, who has been confirmed as the successor to Jack McConnell, announced details of a shadow Cabinet of five women and two men.

Swinney's huge brief as secretary for finance and sustainable growth includes the economy, the Scottish budget, public service reform, local government, transport, energy and tourism.

Alexander has appointed lain Gray, a former enterprise minister, as Labour s spokesman covering the general remit of finance and sustainable growth.

Meanwhile Andy Kerr, the minister for health in the outgoing Labour-Liberal Democrat administration, will take on responsibility for public services, including local government. …

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