Richard Leonard unveils Shadow Cabinet in Holyrood as Scottish Labour mount comeback

The Scottish Labour Party will start their campaign to reclaim Scotland today after leader Richard Leonard unveiled his Shadow Cabinet in Holyrood.

Four weeks on from being elected Scottish Labour leader Leonard announced a senior team with no place for the party’s former leader or deputy leader.

Kezia Dugdale, who courted controversy when she appeared on I’m a Celebrity, has been dropped from the front bench, with prominent left-winger Neil Findlay coming in to look over Brexit, Campaigns and Party Engagement.

Other newcomers to the front bench are Elaine Smith, who becomes responsible for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality; Monica Lennon, who becomes responsible for Communities, Social Security and Equalities and Colin Smyth, spokesman for Rural Economy and Connectivity.

Daniel Johnson moves to Justice, while Mr Leonard’s rival for the leadership Anas Sarwar stays with the Health brief.

Jackie Baillie remains at Economy, Jobs and Fair Work and Iain Gray stays at Education, Skills and Science.

Claudia Beamish remains at Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Earlier this month a political poll for Sunday Post found Labour has gained three points on the SNP, with the Conservatives also losing ground.

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