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Business role for Gordon MP

By David Porter

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MP for the Gordon Consituency, Richard Thomson has this week been announced as the SNPs spokesperson for Business and Industry at Westminster as part of the Finance and Economy team.

Announcing the appointment of the front bench ministers, Ian Blackford MP has said the SNP's new team at Westminster will be a "strong opposition" to Boris Johnson's extreme Tory government - as fresh faces join the SNP's front bench,

The SNP Westminster leader pledged the new team would get straight to work standing up for Scotland in the face of the growing threats of Brexit and a hard-right Tory government.

Among the new appointments, announced are SNP Westminster deputy leader Kirsty Blackman MP who takes on a key strategic role leading on the constitution in preparation for an independence referendum

Alison Thewliss MP becomes shadow chancellor - leading on the economy as Tory cuts and Brexit threaten jobs, living standards and prosperity.

Alyn Smith MP becomes shadow foreign secretary after more than fifteen years representing Scotland in the European Parliament

Dr Philippa Whitford MP becomes shadow secretary of state for Exiting the EU.

Former journalist and broadcaster John Nicolson MP becomes shadow secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport.

Aberdeen's Mhairi Black MP joins the front bench as shadow secretary of state for Scotland.

Kirsten Oswald MP becomes shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland and Wales.

Stuart McDonald MP becomes shadow attorney general.

Anne McLaughlin MP becomes shadow minister for Women and Equalities.

David Linden MP joins the front bench as shadow secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:"I'm delighted to welcome fresh faces and expertise to the SNP's front bench team.

"Our newly-elected MPs will bring a wealth of talent and experience from their careers in our NHS, schools, business, journalism, and international affairs to defend Scotland's interests and hold the Boris Johnson's hard-right government to account.

Under the heading of Finance and Economy, Mr Thomson will be spokesperson for Business and Industry and joins Infrastructure spokesperson Ronnie Cowan MP, small business and innovation spokesperson Douglas Chapman MP and consumer affairs spokesperson Patricia Gibson MP.

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