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.’