New Kirkcaldy MP named shadow Scottish Secretary

Lesley Laird. Picture: John DevlinLesley Laird. Picture: John Devlin
Lesley Laird. Picture: John Devlin
Kirkcaldy MP Lesley Laird has been named as Labour's shadow Scottish Secretary, despite being only just elected less than a week ago.

Ms Laird takes over the role in a reshuffle by Jeremy Corbyn, which saw him snub the previous holder of the position, Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray.

Mr Murray has previously been a noted critic of Mr Corbyn’s leadership, and resigned in protest.

Mr Corbyn said Ms Laird “brings a wealth of knowledge and practical real life experience to the Commons”.