Keith Brown to face Bailie as Labour’s spokesperson on Economy, Fair Work and Jobs,

The Scottish Laboour front bench team for the new five year parliamentary term sees senior Labour politician and local MSP, Jackie Baillie, as her party’s spokesperson for Economy, Fair Work and Jobs.

In he new role, Jackie Baillie will take on Keith Brown, former Cabinet Secretary for Investment and Infrastructure.

This should be an interesting political relationship with Brown’s rather surprising appointment to this key post bound to come under intense scrutiny across the country, never mind at Holyrood – and Bailey a famously well informed and combative performer.

The Dumbarton MSP has vowed to focus on what is being done – or not – to build a fairer economy and to use Scotland’s powers to create a better future for our young people. She has identified stopping cuts to education as one of the biggest economic priorities for Labour in the Scottish Parliament.

Of her new responsibility, Ms Baille says: ‘Nothing is more important than creating a fairer and more prosperous Scotland so I am very pleased to take on the Economy, Fair Work and Jobs role in Scottish Labour’s front-bench. A strong economy and a strong society go very much hand in hand.

‘There is no future for Scotland as a low wage, low skill economy so I want to focus on how we can use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in education, grow businesses and make Scotland an economic powerhouse.

‘We have to give young people in Dumbarton Constituency and across Scotland the skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow in the industries of the future.

‘I will work with local businesses, large and small, to generate opportunities for growth and investment in our economy, increase productivity and employment, and tackle the growing levels of unemployment that are simply not acceptable in 21st century Scotland.’

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  • A Turkey Shoot for Keith Brown then!

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    Nae Fear Here May 28, 2016 3:47 pm Reply
    • I have a healthy respect for both of them – been at the Wild Turkey again, NFH?

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      Robert Wakeham May 28, 2016 10:15 pm Reply
  • Keith Brown gets things done. Baillie gets things eh,…….Trident!

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    Nae Fear Here May 28, 2016 10:34 pm Reply
  • I have a letter from H M Treaury which states that in1987 Dumbarton was not classed as “deprived”. By 2006 it was the third most deprived area in Scotland which it still is.

    This is the legacy of John McFall and Jackie Baillie.

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    Graeme McCormick May 28, 2016 11:44 pm Reply
    • So the last 11 years don’t count!
      Try answering people’s questions to you before posting more SNP propaganda.

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      Richard May 29, 2016 12:03 am Reply
    • Well done Graeme you have just confirmed how bad the last 10 years of SNP rule have been

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      Plugit May 29, 2016 9:05 am Reply
  • Psst

    Jackie- hen yir no the opposition if you are in 3rd place.

    Psst SNP won, Tories in meltdown with Europe. SNP win new year.

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    No Chees Here May 29, 2016 4:57 pm Reply
  • Big chance of General election soon. Tory’s in big trouble with electoral commission . News on Tuesday that there will be 17 by elections in the next 2 months as Toeys are bent.
    With labour in tatters,Libdems an irrelevance,Indi ref two will be a cakewalk.

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    Nae Fear Here May 29, 2016 5:58 pm Reply
  • The decline of Dumbarton over the last 30 years under McFall, Baillie, and Doyle has been unprecedented. The public has paid dearly with this trio dining on sauncy salaries and pensions whilst the area declined to a poverty blackspot. All wind and water from what is now a fringe party. An Jackie know it.

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    willie May 29, 2016 6:16 pm Reply
  • Does the spokesperson not face the Minister?

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    Murdoch MacKenzie May 29, 2016 8:32 pm Reply
  • Tory boys to get collar felt tomorrow. More Tory cobblers,this time bending elections.

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    Nae Fear Here May 30, 2016 7:14 pm Reply
  • Tory boys advise General Election set for October,this year. Let’s get out the YES flags again and go for it!

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    Nae Fear Here May 30, 2016 9:21 pm Reply
  • The one Tory boy,Mundell,is in a spot of bother with the electoral commission.What this space for more Tory cobblers!

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    Nae Fear Here May 30, 2016 10:10 pm Reply

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