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Monday, 1 September 2008

Tavish Scott - a flying start indeed


Following his election last week as Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Tavish Scott has appointed a campaigning team of spokespeople. Tavish Scott has charged all his team with campaigning outside the Holyrood bubble, raising the party’s profile and developing radical solutions to the issues facing people across Scotland. (Music to my ears).

Commenting on the appointments, Mr Scott said: “The Scottish Liberal Democrat parliamentary team are bright, energetic and forward-looking. I want the Liberal Democrats to be the most effective campaigning political party in Scotland. That’s why I am determined that we break through the Holyrood bubble and tackle the issues which matter to people in every part of Scotland.

“To make that happen each of the spokespeople I have appointed has been given an additional priority area to focus on. These priorities reflect the issues which are facing ordinary people across Scotland – from Shetland to Stranraer. I want the team campaigning across the country taking the Lib Dem message to the country. We will set the pace on campaigning across Scotland.”

The following MSPs have been appointed as spokespeople for the Scottish Liberal Democrats:

Spokesperson on Environment, Rural Development and Energy with special responsibility for policies to tackle fuel bills.
Liam McArthur MSP Deputy Spokesperson Jim Hume MSP.

Spokesperson on Economy and Finance with special responsibility for policies on reducing the cost of living. Jeremy Purvis MSP.

Spokesperson on Local Government and Transport with special responsibility for campaigning with local councils. Alison McInnes MSP Deputy Spokesperson Jim Tolson MSP.

Spokesperson on Health with special responsibility for policies on sustainable and affordable housing. Ross Finnie MSP Deputy Spokesperson Jamie Stone MSP.

Spokesperson on Education and Young People with special responsibility for policies to support Scottish students. Margaret Smith MSP Deputy Spokesperson Hugh O’Donnell MSP.

Spokesperson on Justice with special responsibility for promoting civil liberties.
Robert Brown MSP Deputy Spokesperson Mike Pringle MSP.

Spokesperson on Culture Iain Smith MSP.

Spokesperson on Gaelic Language and Deputy Convener of the Public Petitions Committee John Farquhar Munro MSP.

In addition to this Mike Rumbles MSP has been appointed as Liberal Democrat Business Manager and Chief Whip.

Iain Smith MSP will be the Liberal Democrat nominee for Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. Jamie Stone MSP will continue as the Convenor of Parliament’s Subordinate Legislation Committee

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