Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has been appointed as shadow Scotland Office minister, as part of Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet reshuffle which took place this week.
This means Mr Brown will join Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran in shadowing the newly appointed Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael and his deputy David Mundell MP.
Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Brown said: “The next year is one of the biggest is Scotland’s history as we decide where our future lies.
“Do we separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom or maintain the union? It is, therefore, a great honour to be appointed as a shadow minister in Labour’s Scotland Office team and to be asked to play a key role in making the case that Scotland is better together.
“However, as well as making the case for Scotland to remain as part of the UK, I will also be focusing on holding the UK Tory-led coalition government to account.
“These are really tough times for Scots. No more so than here in Dumfries and Galloway. We are in the midst of a jobs crisis, living standards are falling and people are really worried about the future. More than ever, people in our area need a strong voice fighting their corner.”