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Dugdale reveals ‘fresh start’ team with only 1 new face

SCOTTISH Labour leader Kezia Dugdale promised a “fresh start” as she announced her new Cabinet in Edinburgh yesterday in anticipation of the Holyrood elections next year.

The major change to the team is former senior police officer Graeme Pearson, who has taken over the role of justice spokesman after Hugh Henry stood down.

Most members of the previous cabinet have either continued in their previous role or moved to a new role.

Ms Dugdale has retained the gender balance of the previous cabinet, with women holding half of the shadow Cabinet posts.

She said she was excited for the future of Scottish Labour and that it was ready for the challenges ahead.

“My new team has a good mix of experience and vision to start the task of renewing Scottish Labour,” she declared.

During her announcement, Ms Dugdale stated that Scottish Labour must continue to “hold the SNP government to account for its failings on schools, our NHS and policing.”

Ms Dugdale said that Scottish Labour and the shadow cabinet needed to be “out and about across Scotland.

“The key focus of every single member of my frontbench team will be setting out a positive Labour vision of transforming Scotland.”

None of the four MSPs publicly supporting Jeremy Corbyn for the British Labour leadership have been appointed to the frontbench.

The Campaign for Socialism said: “The Corbyn campaign has made it clear that Scottish Labour activists want a strong anti-austerity campaign coupled with measures for increased democratic control of the Scottish economy.”

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