Sarah Boyack named local government spokesperson in Scottish Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ former head of public affairs Sarah Boyack has been named Scottish Labour’s spokesperson on local government on her return to parliamentary politics.

Sarah Boyack named local government spokesperson in Scottish Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle

Sarah Boyack

Previously an MSP from 1999 to 2016, during which she served as minister for the environment, planning and transport, Ms Boyack then took up her role at SFHA in 2017 before leaving the organisation to return to her previous role as an MSP at the Scottish Parliament earlier this year after the resignation of Kezia Dugdale.

Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard MSP said: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah Boyack back to the Scottish Parliament and to our shadow cabinet in the local government role. Sarah will be a strong addition to our team.”

The new team is comprised of:


Shadow Cabinet portfolio

Richard Leonard MSP

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Economy, Jobs and Fair Work

Lesley Laird MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Deputy Leader

Elaine Smith MSP

Business Manager

Rhoda Grant MSP

Finance, Jobs and Fair Work

Alex Rowley MSP

Brexit & the Constitution

Iain Gray MSP

Education, Skills and Science

Monica Lennon MSP

Health and Sport

Claudia Beamish MSP

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Pauline McNeill MSP

Communities and Equalities

James Kelly MSP


Claire Baker MSP

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Sarah Boyack MSP

Local Government

Colin Smyth MSP

Rural Economy, Transport Connectivity

David Stewart MSP

Eradication of Poverty & Social Inequality

Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council

Campaigns and Party Engagement

Mr Leonard added: “We begin this new parliamentary term, at one of the most important times in our political history. I am confident that our new shadow cabinet team have the expertise, experience and enthusiasm to both hold the SNP government to account and to put forward the distinctive Scottish Labour alternative. The new team will renew the energy across our party ahead of the 2021 Holyrood elections.

“We know that we need to make a strong case based on Labour values with voters and work closely with our dedicated members across the country. That is why the Leader of North Ayrshire Council, Joe Cullinane, has been appointed to lead on campaigns and party engagement. He is a seasoned campaigner working hard in his local community and the experience he brings will be a great asset to our team.”

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